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Teresa Giudice And Her Daughters Are Pleading With President Trump To Save Joe From Deportation

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is always a hot mess, like the rest of Bravo’s reality show line up. The ladies on RHONJ have no qualms about showing their true selves whether it’s by flipping tables, fighting each other, or committing fraud. The star of the show, Teresa Giudice, has done all of those things and even went to jail for it, and her husband too.

Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have both served their time in federal prison based on their fraud convictions.

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The Jersey couple has been embroiled in fraud charges since 2013 when they were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud.

Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison while Joe received 41 months in prison. The judge allowed for the two to serve their time one after the other so their daughters were not left without parents. Teresa served her time first.

While Joe is no longer in prison for his role in the fraud case, he has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody since the end of his prison sentence.

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Teresa and their children have not seen Joe since he has been released from prison. He is currently awaiting his deportation back to Italy. Joe, according to several reports, came to the U.S. when he was a baby but never became a full citizen. Instead, Joe has been living in the U.S. with a green card, even after marrying Teresa.

“My mother and father have fought tirelessly to pay back every single penny of restitution to court deemed they owe. They have made a mistake but rectified it through serving time and by finically satisfying all that was owed,” Gia, the eldest daughter, wrote on the petition to save her father. “He is currently still in a detention center while fighting the deportation; that’s right he’s still incarcerated months after completing his prison sentence in an effort to stand by his family.  After completing his sentence he could’ve left the country and gone to Italy but he chose to stay in prison, hirer additional counsel and make several more appeals to try to stay in the United States because he knows how much his family needs him.”

There is no guarantee that Joe will be able to stay in the U.S. and the family is concerned he would suffer by being forced away from his family and sent to a country he does not know.

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“He knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work in this foreign land,” Gia wrote. “My father is not a danger to society, he is a warm, loving man, and I beg you sign our petition to give my father a second chance at being part of our lives and giving back to the community we live in once again.”

She added, “This 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. Please use your voice, your power, and your signature to help keep my family together.”

The pleas for help from the Giudice family is an echo of the pleas for help from numerous immigrant families recently torn apart by Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

Now Teresa is getting backlash for not showing compassion toward Latino undocumented people.

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Would Trump show mercy on Joe despite deporting countless of others? For starters, the Giudice’s are reality TV stars, and we know Trump loves reality TV, and secondly, they’re non-Latino. So we have a good feeling Trump will allow him to stay and maybe invite him to the White House.

Some people took the position of “you get what you vote for.”

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Giudice was once on “Celebrity Apprentice” and was a vocal supporter of Trump during the campaign. Since becoming president, Trump has made it easier for immigration officials detain and deport people residing in the U.S. That would also mean people, like Giudice’s husband, who are not U.S. citizens and break laws.

The post is also showing people the disparity of life for the rich and famous vs. the rest of society.

People are showing support and do feel bad for the family, however, they aren’t letting them off easy. The court of public opinion is steadfast in pointing out the fact that their family should received the same treatment as every other family caught up in the immigration system.

Some Instagram users are even saying that Joe should have “done it the legal way.”

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The immigration process in the U.S. is notoriously difficult. In large part, immigration cases are decided on a case-by-case basis because there are so many variables that can change the trajectory of a case.

One person came through and suggested that people use this experience to do more for all families being torn apart by immigration policies in the U.S.

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So many families have faced the tragic separation happening along the southern border and within the U.S. It is a moment in history that the country will have to answer for and the answer right now is one of xenophobia and carelessness. There are still hundreds of kids who have not been reunited with their parents and it is a sad reminder of the Trump administration’s willingness to use immigrant families as political pawns.

READ: A Family Hugged Goodbye As The Father Was Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In The U.S.

An Army Veteran’s Mom Was Deported Back To Mexico After Showing Up For A Meeting With ICE

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An Army Veteran’s Mom Was Deported Back To Mexico After Showing Up For A Meeting With ICE

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Imagine living in the United States for 31 years, raising your kids there, have a son enrol in the Army to defend your adopted country and then suddenly being deported to a country you no longer recognize as your own. Well, that is what the mother of an Army Officer experienced a few weeks ago in a case that has caught the media’s attention. Her son argues that her case was mishandled and that she should not have been sent to Tijuana, where she knows almost no one.

Military families make huge sacrifices to serve their country and even though special deferrals are sometimes granted, they hold their breath expecting the worst. And the worst is exactly what ends up happening sometimes. 

The beginning of 2020 spelled doom for Rocio Rebollar Gomez y su familia as she was sent to Mexico after building a life in the United States.

Rebollar Gomez, now 51-years-old, had three children in the United States, including 30-year-old Second Lt. Gibram Cruz, who has served in the army for half a decade. She has a life in the United States and had hired a lawyer to deal with her migratory status in the best possible way. She even was scheduled to self-deport and had agreed on that with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

She attended a meeting with ICE, not knowing that the authorities would deport her then and there! 

Gibram Cruz has called ICE’s actions inhumane. As The New York Times reports, ICE acted on the first opportunity they got to deport Rocio Rebollar Gomez to Mexico: “Ms. Gomez, 51, was previously scheduled to self deport and that plan was known to ICE, the family’s lawyer, Tessa Cabrera, said on Friday. Instead, as the family went to an ICE office to discuss her case, Ms. Gomez was taken across the border to Tijuana without a chance to say goodbye, Ms. Cabrera said”. This is just appalling. Actions like this spark psychological trauma in a situation that is already dire to begin with. It feels like a premeditated effort to add insult to injury. 

Rocio Rebollar Gomez tried to do things right and explore every avenue to stay in the United States, including benefits given to military families.

Lt. Gibram Cruz claims that his mother was “snuck her out through the back” and that she was in Mexico in less than half an hour. Rebollar Gomez ran a small business selling health products and also drove for Uber. According to NYT she also explored an exemption provided to military families for service to country, as she “had attempted to stay in the United States legally, including deferred action under the discretionary option for military families through Citizen and Immigration Services, Ms. Cabrera said”. She had previously been removed from the country in 1995, 2005 and 2009 but found her way back to her family. 

ICE has responded and says that her removal was deserved, but Lt Gibran Cruz claims his mom did what any woman in her situation would have done.

As NYT reports, Mary G. Houtmann, a spokeswoman for ICE, said that “Ms. Gomez’s 2009 removal was the result of a 2008 order by an immigration judge and that she illegally re-entered the country after that.”

Gibran does not deny the fact that his mother re-entered the country illegally, but claims that her removal was unnecessary: “Her as a responsible mother did what any mother in her situation would do and came back to care for her children by any means. A country that was founded on immigrants should be welcoming to my mother, who her whole life has been an outstanding citizen.”

He continued while at a press conference: “We have always provided and succeeded by ourselves. We simply asked ICE to exercise some discretion and let her continue being a contributing member of her society”. Gibran also stressed the fact that military families make a lot of sacrifices and special considerations should be explored. 

In the meantime, Rocio’s family is worried about her safety while in Mexico.

Rocio’s family is concerned about her safety back in Mexico. According to one of her daughters, Karla McKissick, one of Rocio’s brothers was abducted in Acapulco and is now presumed dead. His body has never been found. Rocio will stay with a half-sister she had not seen in a decade. The family lawyer has indicated that they have run out of options. In the meantime, the family will go south of the border to bring her supplies, but the family has been torn apart and left traumatized and scarred for life.  

A High School Student Is Being Detained By ICE But His School Is Rallying Support Behind Him

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A High School Student Is Being Detained By ICE But His School Is Rallying Support Behind Him

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A New Haven, Connecticut school was rocked by the news that one of its students had been detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). The announcement by the principal came over Wilbur Cross High School’s PA system and sent shockwaves throughout classrooms.

Mario Aguilar was arrested by ICE when the 18-year-old attended a court hearing to handle charges over a traffic accident. Students and teachers were unsettled by his detention. They decided to support Aguilar through the immigration process and fight against his deportation. 

Teachers even tried to send him his homework — a symbolic gesture that they were still holding a space for him in their hearts, minds, and classrooms. ICE sent it back.

Teachers are heartbroken over Aguilar’s detention. 

Students and teachers orchestrated a coordinated effort to support Aguilar. They wrote letters to ICE to influence his release. They showed up to his court hearing. Students printed “Free Mario” posters and stickers to raise money for his commissary. They kept his desk empty in Spanish class believing if they did that maybe Aguilar would come home soon.  

Teachers sent him his homework and some books — but it was sent back, labeled return to sender. ICE asserts that if it is not related to his case, Aguilar can’t have it, according to CNN

“Mario was hundreds of miles away from his family, from his home. He got stability at school and security within this community, until he was taken from us,” Principal Edith Johnson, whose parents came to the mainland from Puerto Rico, said at a press conference. “Throughout my years as an educator, I’ve lost too many children to community violence, tragic accidents, medical conditions and significant trauma that keeps our students out of school — and now, another terrifying variable certain to take students off course, with ICE arrests.”

Aguilar’s Spanish teacher Mary Perez Estrada was there during his asylum hearing. She was one of the teachers who sent him books she hoped would comfort him. “As Mario spoke before the court, detailing how he’d fled persecution from gangs in Guatemala, Perez Estrada hoped the judge would see what she did in her student — someone who deserves a chance,” according to CNN. “The judge didn’t make a ruling that day. He told the court he’d announce his decision on December 12.”

Wilbur Cross students demand that ICE “Free Mario.”

Aguilar was detained by ICE while attending a court hearing related to his involvement in a car crash. When his cellphone slid off of his dashboard he accidentally hit a parked car when he attempted to retrieve the phone. No one was hurt and the vehicle was only minorly damaged. 

“I hope that he knows we’re fighting for him and I hope that helps, but that’s very minimal when you’re stripped away of your humanity,” said CT Students for a Dream organizer Anthony Barroso. “We’re here to also to show Mario if he can hear the news, that we are fighting for him, and many others in the same situation.”

Doing nothing, even if what is being done won’t change the result, did not feel like an option. For the students and teachers, for Aguilar’s community, they understood that being deported back to Guatemala could mean sending him back to his death. 

“The goal is to let everybody know what the situation is, spread the word, so we can be a bigger community,” junior Wilbur Cross High School student Stephanie Pawcar told NBC.“I don’t personally know Mario, but he is a student at Wilbur Cross and it’s really important because it’s something that needs to be talked about.”

According to Principal Johnson, students have written over 400 letters in support so far with more rallies and protests planned. 

Students and teachers are arguing that Aguilar has a right to fight his deportation.

Aguilar’s peers believe he should be able to stay in the United States and fight his case in the courts, rather than being sent back to the country he fled when he was 16. Gabriel Gonzalez is a senior at Aguilar’s school and a budding filmmaker. She is utilizing the medium to create a film to help her classmates understand why they should care about Aguilar’s case. “He wasn’t known before, but now literally there’s posters around the school with his face on it everywhere.

People didn’t know about him because he was just a regular student,” Gonzalez told CNN.

“But now the fact that just this ordinary student was taken, his whole life has been turned upside down because he happens to be from somewhere else, shows that this can happen to anyone. And it shouldn’t happen to anyone, because we’re all just trying to live our lives as teenagers or normal, everyday people walking around the street.”