“The facility where Joe is being held does not allow for contact visits,” James J. Leonard Jr. told Us Weekly in a statement. “Joe does not want to put Teresa and the girls through the horrific ordeal of driving several hours to visit him and not be able to hug him. They would be restricted to talking on a phone while separated by Plexiglass.”
The attorney continued, “It’s inhumane that this man cannot hug his wife or kiss his daughters.”
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 Italy native 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 the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s deportation appeal was officially denied on April 11.
“We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal,” James said in a statement obtained by In Touch. “We have filed a stay with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and will continue to fight to keep Mr. Giudice in the United States, the only country he knows and reunite him with his wife and four daughters.”
Joe had his legal team file a petition for the federal court to review the decision. However, if the court refuses to review his plea, he will be legally forced out of the United States, even though he has lived here his whole life.
Gia started a petition on Tuesday, April 23, to bring 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.”
Teresa, 46, also pleaded with her fans on Instagram to support their crew. “Please help our family by signing this petition, the bond and closeness I have with my father, I hope and pray my girls have with Joe,” she wrote. “Love to you all.”
We hope things turn around for the Giudice family.
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