Teresa Giudice Still Hopes Joe Giudice Will Be Able to Stay in U.S. After ICE Refuses to Release Him

Joe Giudice isn’t coming home anytime soon. On September 20, a judge denied his request to be released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody as he awaits a final ruling on whether he should be deported. The news hit his wife Teresa Giudice hard. 

“It’s a sad time with my husband and everything so we’re going to try and work it out as best we can,” the Real Housewives of New Jersey star told Us Weekly the day after she learned she wouldn’t be reuniting with her husband.  

Teresa Giudice hopes Joe will be able to stay in the United States 

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Joe Giudice’s future has hung in the balance ever since a judge ordered that the 47-year-old be deported back to his native Italy after completing his 41-month sentence for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. He is fighting to remain in the U.S. but has been in ICE custody since being released from prison in March. 

Teresa Giudice has been apart from her husband for years, first during her 11-month prison stint for fraud and then during his incarceration. But she’s hopeful that a judge will rule in Joe’s favor and he’ll eventually reunite with her and their children, Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10. 

“The most important thing is our four daughters, so I’m hoping Joe is able to stay in the United States,” Teresa said during an interview at GNO Weekend: An Evening with the Celebrity Housewives at Harrah’s Casino Resort Atlantic City.

Teresa says there is a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ 

While Teresa admitted that this is a “difficult” time for her and her husband, she is trying to focus on the future. 

“I had all these businesses and everything went crashing down,” the reality TV personality said. “But, look, I picked myself right back up, and if anybody else is going through hard times, don’t worry about it. You will get through it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I do believe that. You’ve got to be positive!”

Joe is ‘disappointed’ that he won’t be reuniting with his family 

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Joe Giudice has been fighting his deportation for months. If his appeals are unsuccessful, he will eventually have to return to his native Italy, despite having not lived there for decades. Joe’s parents brought him to the U.S. when he was a small child, and though he was a legal resident, he never obtained citizenship. Now that he’s a convicted felon, he’s subject to deportation under U.S. law. The latest ruling is yet another blow. 

“Joe is extremely disappointed,” Giudice family lawyer James J. Leonard said in a statement to People on September 20. “He spent the last six months in a cage not able to hug or kiss his wife or daughters when they came to visit him. We treat animals in shelters better than we treat human beings in these ICE facilities.”

Teresa has said that she “probably wouldn’t” move her family to Italy if her husband is deported. 

“I hope that’s not a decision I have to make,” she told Andy Cohen at the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion. “But like, to pick up my children and just move to another country, I don’t think that would be good for my children.”