‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’: Is Joe Giudice Getting Deported?

Teresa and Joe Giudice

Teresa and Joe Giudice | Getty Images/Paul Zimmerman

Teresa and her husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey have been in limbo for quite sometime after they were found guilty for fraud because the father of four isn’t an American citizen and could be deported. But will he? Here is everything to know about his immigration proceedings.

Joe Giudice is serving time for bank and bankruptcy fraud

The husband was found guilty for bank and bankruptcy fraud in 2014. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $414,588, according to the Huffington Post. His wife, Teresa was also sentenced to 15 months in prison and she has already served her time and has been released. He is expected to be released in March 2019, according to North Jersey.

This outcome put Giudice’s status in America in jeopardy because he never officially became an American citizen. He was born in Saronno, Italy and his family moved to New Jersey in the ’70s when he was one year old, according to Romper. He could be deported after serving his time in prison according to federal law.

A previous report claimed Giudice is in deportation proceedings

On June 21, 2018, there was a New York Daily News report that Giudice was in deportation proceedings. It also claimed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed it lodged a detainer and he was in proceedings to be sent back to Italy.

Giudice’s attorney says no decision has been made on his immigration status

The family’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr. denied that a decision was made regarding Giudice’s possible deportation.

“The same immigration detainer that was lodged against him in March of 2016 remains in place today,” he told People “but I want to be absolutely clear about this, no judicial authority has made any decision regarding what will happen with that detainer.”

A decision on whether he will be deported will reportedly be made Oct. 1

The father reportedly had a court proceeding on Sept. 5 where he pled to stay in the United States. “I’ve been here my whole life, I wouldn’t know what to do in any other country,” said Giudice according to Radar Online “I want to stay here.” Judge Ellington announced that he will decide whether Giudice’s deportation would be canceled on Oct. 1.

“If I find he is eligible for cancellation of removal or that he should not be deported, the government prosecutors have a right to appeal,” said Ellington.

Read more: ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’: Are Teresa and Joe Giudice Getting a Divorce?

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