‘RHONJ’: Joe Giudice’s Daughters Beg Donald Trump to Stop Dad’s Deportation

It’s looking increasingly likely that Joe Giudice will be forced to leave the U.S. The husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice — who recently completed a 41-month sentence for fraud — has had his deportation appeal denied. He’s currently in an immigration detention facility in western Pennsylvania awaiting final word on his fate.

Why is Giudice being deported?

Teresa, Gia, and Joe Giudice
Teresa Giudice, Gia Giudice, and Joe Giudice in 2014 | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Giudice has lived in the U.S. for almost his entire life, but he was actually born in Italy. Though his parents brought him to New Jersey when he was just one year old, he never officially became an American citizen. That became a huge problem when he landed in prison after his conviction for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. The U.S. can — and frequently does — deport non-citizens who have committed crimes.

Giudice is fighting his deportation. Though his request to stay in the country was denied by the Board of Immigration Appeals, his lawyer has filed a stay with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to allow him to remain in the United States, CNN reported.

His daughters are appealing to President Trump

Joe and Teresa have four children together, 17-year-old Gia, 14-year-old Gabriella, 13-year-old Milania, and 9-year-old Audriana. Both Gia and Milania have been speaking out on social media in support of their father. Now, that his deportation seems imminent, they’re begging Donald Trump to intercede on their dad’s behalf.

Milania shared a throwback photo of herself with her father on Instagram, and then tagged Trump in the caption, which read: “we will never stop fighting for you daddy. It’s not the same without you. I miss you terribly. I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out you, I wouldn’t know how to stay strong. I need you home daddy. All I want is to be a family again. I love you endlessy buddy.”

Meanwhile, Gia shared a post from stylist and family friend Lucia Casazza that questioned the government’s deportation priorities. “How could we live and support a nation that Allows sex offenders and pedophiles to stay in the United States … yet they could take a man who committed a minor crime to support his family away from his family it makes me want to leave this country !!!!!!!” Casazza wrote.

Casazza then addressed the president directly, writing “do something intervene I voted for you because I support you and what you stand for … I think you can make a motion to bring this man home back to his family instead of sending him to a country that he has no ties to besides his cultural background.”

Teresa has connections to Trump

Not long after Joe’s immigration appeal was denied, Teresa was spotted dining with a Trump administration official in New York. Lynne Patton is a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York and New Jersey, according to NJ.com. She also used to work for Trump as an event planner. She even planned Eric Trump’s wedding to his wife Lara.

However, Patton shot down the suggestion that Giudice was looking to curry favor for her husband, calling it “fake news.” She said she was simply having dinner with an old friend.

Patton isn’t Giudice’s only connection to the president. She was also a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012, and has been one of Trump’s vocal supporters. Last year, she told Andy Cohen she’d be open to talking to Trump about pardoning her husband.

“I would love to speak to him if he would like to call me,” she said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. “I haven’t, but I said if he wants to speak to me, I would love it.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Giudice was in the U.S. without authorization. He is a legal permanent resident.

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