So, does the 50-year-old think Joe will actually be forced to leave the United States? “I don’t know. I hope not,” he exclusively told Us Weekly at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, May 4. “I signed the petition.”
Joe, 46, was released from jail in March — after he served a 41-month sentence — since he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud including mail, wire and bankruptcy in March 2014. Immediately afterward, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star was moved into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Thursday, March 14.
In October 2018, a judge ordered that the businessman would be deported to Italy after his release. The couple — who share Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9 — found out that Joe’s deportation appeal was officially denied on April 11.
Gia started an online petition on Tuesday, April 23, in hopes of bringing her dad home. “My father is there for us in every possible way a father could be,” she wrote on Change.org. “He has always been our handyman, our confidante, our cheerleader, our challenger and most importantly, our protector. This [deportation] 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.”
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pictures, memories, and hope is the only thing that has gotten my family this far. 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. #bringjoehome
She concluded the post, writing, “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?”
Since then, almost 87,000 people have signed the written request. Stay strong, Giudice family!