But Giudice, 46, saw his hopes dashed — his appeal has been denied.
James Leonard Jr., the Giudice family attorney, confirmed to NJ Advance Media that the Board of Immigration Appeals denied Giudice’s appeal of a deportation order.
In October, a judge ordered that Giudice be deported after finishing a 41-month sentence in federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. In March, Giudice finished his prison sentence, but was not allowed to return home. Instead, he was directly transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Leonard said that Giudice is being held at a facility for immigration detainees in western Pennsylvania. The attorney issued a statement on Thursday about the failure of the appeal, saying Giudice’s lawyers would continue to do everything possible to prevent his deportation to Italy.
WATCH: ‘RHONJ’ star Teresa Giudice says she’ll split from husband Joe if he’s deported. ‘I’m not doing a long-distance relationship’
Joe Giudice, who finishes his prison sentence in the coming days, has appealed a deportation order. He was born in Italy and never became a United States citizen.
“We are extremely disappointed that the Board Of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal,” Leonard said in the statement. “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.”
In 2014, Teresa and Joe Giudice were sentenced in federal court after they pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison and served almost a year in 2015. Joe started his sentence in 2016.
The Giudices live in the Towaco section of Montville and have four daughters ranging in age from 10 to 18.
Giudice was born in Saronno, Italy, and came to the United States when he was 1 but never became a citizen. Permanent residents who commit crimes of “moral turpitude” are eligible for deportation.
Teresa Giudice, 46, who has been married to Joe since 1999, has made it clear that she would separate from her husband if he is deported.
“I’m not doing a long-distance relationship,” she told Bravo host Andy Cohen during a reunion episode of the “RHONJ” that aired in March. “I’m just not doing it.”
“You know, I want somebody with me every day and I know exactly what happens,” Giudice told Cohen. “Like, you know, I’m sure he’ll be with other women. You know, it happens. We do the long distance thing, it’s not going to work. Like, I’ll be like, ‘bye-bye.’”
On Wednesday, Lynne Patton, an official in the Trump administration, posted a photo on Instagram that showed her out to dinner with Teresa Giudice at the Wayfarer at the Quin Hotel in New York. She called Giudice a longtime friend.
Patton, a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York and New Jersey, used to work as an event planner for Donald Trump and planned Eric Trump’s wedding.
In February, Patton stood up behind Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., when former Trump fixer Michael Cohen testified in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Meadows talked about Patton, who is African American, when trying to refute Cohen’s claim that Trump is racist. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said it was “racist in itself” for Meadows to treat Patton like a prop (Patton did not speak during her appearance).
Giudice was a contestant on the 12th season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” which was hosted by Donald Trump and aired in 2012.
In her Instagram post, Patton shot down any speculation that Giudice was meeting with her to seek a presidential pardon for Joe Giudice (or that Patton was going to be on a reality show).
“Media: ’OMG!@lynnepatton IS going to be on a REALITY SHOWl!” Patton posted. “OMG, @teresagiudice must be seeking a pardon for her HUSBAND!! #Reality: ‘Or GEE! Maybe it’s just TWO LONGTIME FRIENDS having DINNER for f***s sake.’ #BuckleUpForFakeNews.”
Teresa Giudice supported Trump’s bid for president in 2016, though she could not vote. The reality star previously addressed the idea of asking Trump about a pardon for Joe.
“I would love to speak to him if he would like to call me,” she told Cohen during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2018. “I haven’t, but I said if he wants to speak to me, I would love it.”
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