Why Some ‘RHONJ’ Fans Think Teresa Giudice’s Husband Joe Deserves to Be Deported

Teresa Giudice and her daughters are begging Donald Trump to stop Joe Giudice’s deportation. But some Real Housewives of New Jersey fans aren’t too sympathetic to the family’s plight. Critics are saying that rules are rules, and that because Joe committed a crime, he deserves to be kicked out of the U.S., just like other immigrants who have committed felonies.

Teresa and her kids are asking the president to stop Joe’s deportation

The 46-year-old Giudice spent more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. He was released from prison in March, but was immediately transferred to ICE custody. That’s because Giudice is not a U.S. citizen. He is a legal permanent resident who has lived in the country since his parents brought him to New Jersey from their native Italy when he was a small child.

“I was a year old when I came here,” he has explained in the past, according to People.My parents are citizens. My brother and sister are citizens — they were born here. I just never thought to file for citizenship.” That decision not to apply for citizenship has now come back to haunt Giudice.

In April, Giudice’s deportation appeal was denied. His lawyer has filed a stay in an attempt to allow him to stay in the U.S. In the meantime, Teresa and her daughters are reaching out to Donald Trump on social media, begging the president to intervene on Giudice’s behalf. His daughter Gia has also started a petition asking the president to stop her dad’s deportation.  

Not everyone is sympathetic

Teresa and Joe Giudice
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Gia’s petition to Trump has garnered more than 55,000 signatures. Those who signed left comments supportive like “His kids need him. He did his time” and “Everyone deserves a second chance.”

But when her mom Teresa shared it on Instagram, some commenters said they weren’t inclined to sign. A few pointed out that Joe is a non-citizen who has been convicted of a felony, which — like it or not — gives the government the right to deport him. They noted that he had ample opportunity to apply for citizenship and should have realized the risk of deportation when he committed his crimes.

“Joe has had 30 years since becoming an adult to get his citizenship and did not. He committed two felonies knowing the consequences. Now like a responsible adult he must get the consequences of his actions,” wrote one commenter on Instagram.

“Law is the law no different for Joe. Sad that he never took the time to study for citizenship,” another added.

A number of people drew attention to the fact that Teresa Giudice is a Trump supporter. Trump has taken a tough stance on immigration. In addition to stepping up removals of unauthorized immigrants, an increasing number of legal immigrants are being deported after committing crimes, including those who have served in the U.S. military.

“I love that you supported trump and his terrible policies but now you don’t like his policies because it effects your family!” one person commented.

“[Y]ou got what you voted for. So embrace it. You knew Joe wasn’t a citizen,” added another.  

One follower said that the Giudices shouldn’t expect their celebrity to insulate them from the consequences of their actions: “Hahahaha NO he broke the law! Bye bye Joe! Just because you’re famous doesn’t make you or your family above the law!”

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