Special delivery! Teresa Giudice and her four daughters — Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9 — visited Joe Giudice in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on his 47th birthday, Joe Gorga told Us Weekly.
“They actually went to see him today, yeah,” Joe, 39, told the publication at the opening of Marble Downtown in New York City on Wednesday, May 22. “They’re able to get in! But it’s harder, it’s a tougher spot.” Teresa’s brother also dished that the family spent “one hour” with the businessman.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy for the brunette beauty, 47, and her girls to see the Italy native. “It’s very hard. There are very strict rules,” Joe confessed about the Pennsylvania facility. “They can go back. It just takes time. A stay means you’re able to stay in the country but still in a prison while you’re going through immigration.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star 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 Bravo personality was moved into ICE on Thursday, March 14.
In October 2018, a judge ordered that Joe would be deported to Italy after his release. The pair found out that Joe’s deportation appeal was officially denied on April 11.
Clearly, it’s hard for the family to cope with Joe’s absence. “It’s really, really rough. You know, you watch Gia’s Instagram, they’re really hurt,” the dad of three said. “The girls are really hurt.”
One day prior, Gia and Milania gave their father a sweet shout-out on his big day. “Happy birthday to the guy who teaches me every day to keep going and never stop fighting!” the eldest daughter captioned a throwback snap of herself with her father. “You inspire me every day … Love you so much. Keep smiling. See you soon,” she added with two heart emojis.
Milania shared two photos — including one with her entire family. “Happy birthday to my world, my buddy and my best friend! Thank you for always putting a smile on my face and doing everything for me!” she wrote. “I don’t know what I would do without you! I love you forever and always, buddy.”
On Tuesday, April 23, Gia started an online petition 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.”
Stay strong, you guys!