Earlier this week, Gia Giudice, the oldest daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, started an online petition on Change.org in an attempt to keep her father, Joe, from being deported to his native Italy. However, a new report claims that Teresa believes it is “too late,” and Joe is going to have to leave the United States.
In the petition, Gia begs President Donald Trump to pardon Joe so he can avoid his judge-ordered deportation, and she asked for 50,000 signatures.
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“We request that our President, Donald J. Trump, review our petition and pardon my father to relieve him of this life sentence the courts are bestowing on him,” Gia wrote. “Yes, in Italy he will no longer be incarcerated, but will he ever be free if kept from his family and be able to be a productive member of society?”
But, while Gia holds out hope that her father will return home to New Jersey, her mom is preparing for divorce. An insider says that Teresa has been “working on the divorce for months,” after an Immigration Judge ordered Joe’s deportation last October.
After serving three years in federal prison, the BOP released Joe from custody in March. But, because of the judge’s ruling, Joe wasn’t allowed to go home. Instead, he was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and placed in a detention center.
Earlier this month, Joe’s appeal of the decision was denied, and he has almost run out of chances to stay in the only country he has ever known.
Gia’s petition received 10,000 signatures just hours after it was posted, but according to Radar Online, an insider says that the petition was the wrong move, and Teresa is “so f***ed.” The source explained that the family knows nothing is going to come from the petition because it’s too little too late.
“She [Teresa] never cared this whole last year when it was so bad,” says the source.
The RHONJ star didn’t show up to court last fall in support of her husband, and earlier this year she was spotted spending time with a man twenty years her junior. Teresa also revealed during the Season 9 RHONJ reunion that if Joe were deported, she would end the 20-year marriage because long-distance relationships don’t work.
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Giudice family attorney, James J. Leonard, says that Joe has asked his wife and daughters not to visit him at the ICE detention center because it doesn’t allow contact visits.
“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,” says Leonard. “They would be restricted to talking on a phone while separated by plexiglass. It’s inhumane that this man cannot hug his wife or kiss his daughters.”
Joe still speaks to Teresa Giudice several times a day on the phone, and Leonard says that the family will continue to fight together until the very end.