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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.