Teresa Giudice from ‘RHONJ’ Steps up Efforts to Keep Joe in the Country

The Giudice family has become desperate. Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey faces losing her husband to deportation and is stepping up efforts to keep him in the country.

As a result, the family started a petition to keep Joe in the country. Teresa reposted her daughter Gia’s Instagram cry for help. “Please help our family by signing this petition, the bond & closeness I have with my father I hope & pray my girls have with Joe. Love to you all,” she wrote.

Teresa Giudice |Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Joe faces deportation to his home country of Italy. He served a 41-month prison sentence for crimes including mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa also served jail time but is an American citizen. Joe’s family, however, came to the United States when he was a child but he never sought citizenship.

His appeal was denied

Joe was automatically transferred to an immigration detention center upon his release from prison. His attorney crafted an appeal so he could stay in the United States but it was denied. “We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal,” James J. Leonard Jr., the Giudice family attorney, told People in a statement.

“We have filed a stay with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and will continue to fight to keep Mr. Giudice in the United States, the only country he knows, and reunite him with his wife and four daughters,” Leonard concluded.

Teresa initially entertained the idea of possibly moving to Italy when rumors surfaced Joe may be deported. However, during the reunion, Teresa admitted she wasn’t going to move if her husband was ultimately deported.

Joe’s daughters plead for his release

The couple has four daughters and two have been vocal about begging for their father’s release. Gia, now a senior in high school and 13-year-old Milania have taken to social media to plead for Joe’s release.

Milania posted a photo of happier times with her father. She wrote, “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.” Milania also tagged President Donald Trump in the post too.

Gia directed her plea to Trump too. She shared a post by family friend Lucia Casazza that addressed the injustice of deporting her father when violent criminals can remain. “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 !!!!!!!”

Teresa joins the calls to #bringjoehome

The family is circulating a petition through Change.org to stop Joe’s deportation. In the summary, the family discusses the kind of father and husband Joe has been to the family.

“He has always been our handyman, our confidont, our cheerleader, our challenger and most importantly our protector,” the Giudice women wrote. “This would rob us of my father screaming from the stands at our graduations, meeting our future husbands for the first time, of walking us down the aisle, of being there when his grandchildren come into the world.”

The call to action is to ask Trump to pardon Joe. “We request that our President, Donald J Trump review our petition and pardon my father to relieve him of this life sentence the courts are bestowing on him, yes in Italy he will no longer be incarcerated but will he ever be free if kept from his family and be able to be a productive member of society?” Thus far, the family has obtained more than 30,000 signatures and is asking for 35,000.

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