This Is One Reason Why Gia Giudice From ‘RHONJ’ May Not See Much of Her Father If He Is Deported

Gia Giudice announced some happy news amid a nailbiting wait to see if her father would be allowed to remain in the United States. Teresa and Joe Giudice’s eldest daughter announced last week she plans to attend Rutgers University making the declaration bittersweet.

Gia posted a fun photo in full Rutgers gear on Instagram. “it’s official… RU 2023,” she wrote. She’ll likely start school in a few months and Teresa seemed excited about the notion that her baby is going off to college.

Teresa Giudice, Gia Giudice, and Joe Giudice |Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

“I’m not trying to hold her back. I want her to go, and I want her to experience that,” Teresa told Bravo’s The Daily Dish a few months ago. “I think it’s gonna be amazing.” But with Gia heading off to college, what does that mean if her father is ultimately deported?

The family still waits for a decision

Both Teresa and Joe were charged with a number of crimes in 2014, including mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa served her prison sentence first and then returned home to care for the children while Joe served his.

The government became aware that Joe was not a U.S. citizen even though he came to the country from Italy when he was a child. As a result, the government demanded he should be deported back to Italy once his sentence was complete. Once Joe was released from prison, he issued an appeal, which was promptly denied.

Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice and wife Teresa Giudice |Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The family began a full-blown campaign to reverse that decision. Gia started a petition, begging President Donald Trump to allow her father to stay in the country. Teresa too shared a link to the petition and ultimately Joe was awarded a temporary stay.

Everyone is ‘suffering very much’

The family is on pins and needles waiting to see if Joe can remain in the country. Teresa’s brother Joe Gorga told US Weekly everyone is struggling. “Well, listen, they’re all suffering very much,” he said. “They just got to keep their head up high and that’s what they’re doing. They’re strong little girls, and they’re just going to keep fighting, you know?”

Gorga urges everyone to sign the petition. “Just sign the petition, [we need] as many signatures that we can get,” he added. “We gotta get their daddy home! Every little girl needs their daddy.”

One person who signed the petition was Bravo producer, Andy Cohen. He told US Weekly he hoped Joe would not be deported and that he signed the petition.

The family won’t move to Italy

Teresa toyed with moving to Italy if Joe was deported. She would cryptically say she would consider going, but that was when the notion was not set in stone.

Giudice with her oldest daughter, Gia | Teresa Giudice via Instagram

During The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, she told viewers she made a decision about making a move. At the time, she was still hopeful it wouldn’t come to this. “I hope that’s not a decision I have to make, but to pick up my children and just move to another country, I don’t think that would be good for my children,” she said, Bravo’s The Daily Dish recounted. “So, I mean, so, no, I probably wouldn’t.”

That likely means Gia will be busy with college and Teresa and her girls will probably continue to film RHONJ while Joe is living abroad. Moving on without her father will be painful for Gia. “Pictures, memories, and hope is the only thing that has gotten my family this far,” she wrote on Instagram. “We are fighters but my father is someone who is one of the most important people in my life. not a day goes by where we don’t love you, miss you, and fight for you with all our hearts. you will be home with us soon daddy. I love you so much.”

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