What Joe Giudice Filing an Appeal Means for His Deportation Case

Joe and Teresa Giudice

Joe and Teresa Giudice | Kena Betancur/Getty Images

The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple are still fighting to stay in the United States despite Joe Giudice being ordered to be deported to Italy. Here is everything to know about his latest move in court and what it could mean for his deportation case.

Joe Giudice filed an appeal so he’s fighting the judgment

The father of four had a month to file an appeal on the decision to deport him. Joe Giudice has now filed that appeal at immigration court to avoid being deported to Italy, according to People. His lawyer also gave a statement.

The appeal has been filed and we are optimistic that Joe will return home to his family where he belongs,” his attorney James Leonard to People. A spokesperson from the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that they got an appeal for his case filed.

“Executive Office for Immigration Review records show that its appellate component, the Board of Immigration Appeals, received an appeal Nov. 9, 2018, pertaining to Giuseppe Giudice’s Oct. 10, 2018, removal order,” said the spokesperson.

This appeal means the removal order could be overturned. However, it could also mean the order will be upheld.

Teresa Giudice previously said they were putting off plans to move to Italy

Teresa and Joe Giudice

Teresa and Joe Giudice | Getty Images/Paul Zimmerman

Joe Giudice filing an appeal isn’t that surprising given Teresa refused to talk about plans to move to Italy even after he was ordered to be deported. “We are not even thinking about [whether we’d move to Italy] right now. We’re going to take it day by day. We’re going to take it one step at a time,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “First, we’re going to process the paperwork to do an appeal, and we’re going to get through that.”

She also said that she wouldn’t talk about the possibility of deportation with her husband. “Joe starts talking about [the deportation order] and I don’t want to talk about it yet,” she added. “I am like, ‘We’re not talking about this yet.'”

A source also told People that Teresa Giudice never thought he would be deported. “This is going to break her,” a source revealed. “She always knew that this was a possibility, but she put it out of her head. That’s the only way she could go on living day to day.”

Joe Giudice was ordered to be deported after his release from prison, which is in March

The reality show husband is expected to be released on March 14, 2019, after being ordered to serve 41 months in prison for bank and bankruptcy fraud. Joe Giudice’s ability to stay in the United States was at risk due to his legal problems.

His parents brought him over from Saronno, Italy to New Jersey when he was one year old. He then never became a citizen so U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer after he pleaded guilty to counts of fraud.

He pleaded to the judge in court to stay. “I’ve been here my whole life, I wouldn’t know what to do in any other country,” explained Giudice to Judge Ellington, according to Radar Online. “I want to stay here.”

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