She’s struggling. Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is facing the very real possibility of losing her husband, Joe Giudice, amid his pending deportation. Understandably, the 46-year-old is trying to keep it together and stay strong for her kids during this difficult time. In an exclusive interview with In Touch magazine, her brother, Joe Gorga, shared an update on how she’s coping with all of the stress.

“It’s hard. She’s a mess. She’s raising her four daughters by herself, so she has to be strong. She tries to keep busy,” Joe, 39, exclusively told In Touch magazine.

Joe Giudice, 46, was released from prison in March after serving a 41-month sentence for fraud. But since Joe is not an American citizen, a judge ordered that he be deported back to his native country of Italy. Upon his prison release, he was not allowed to go home and instead, he was immediately transferred into ICE custody. One month later, his appeal was denied and he immediately filed a petition for review in federal court. If the courts refuse to review his petition, he will ultimately be deported.

And his wife, Teresa, is trying to do everything she can to stop her husband from being deported. According to the petition filing obtained by Radar, she wrote a very emotional letter to try to convince an immigration judge to reconsider Joe Giudice’s deportation. She shared the very personal story about how Joe Giudice processed the death of his own father, as way to explain why she didn’t want her daughters to go through the pain of losing theirs due to deportation.

“Judge Ellington, my daughters need their father,” she pleaded. “They cry for him every day like he cried for his father.”

Teresa also opened up about her own grief after losing her mother in 2017, and she said she understands the pain of losing a parent. “I cry for her every day,” she said. “I cannot bear the thought of my daughters losing their father, I am fearful that it will break them and that I alone will not be able to fix them. Judge Ellington, this is my greatest fear and it keeps me up at night. The fear that if I lose my husband, I will also lose my children, as they will never ever be the same.”

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