Teresa, 46, served 12 months in prison in 2015. Joe, 46, is serving three years. As Radar previously reported, ICE had been pushing for Joe to be deported as soon as possible, before his sentence is over. He is an Italian citizen, who came to American when he was one year old. No family members were in attendance at today’s hearing.
Judge John Ellington ruled that because Joe does not have reason to fear for his life if he returned to Italy, he could not stop the deportation. “Based upon the law, I find you deportable and ineligible for any kind of relief,” he said. “Mr. Giudice no matter how this turns out, I wish you the best. I decided this case as a matter of law,” the judge added. Joe and his lawyer can appeal the decision by November 9.
Joe, seemingly confused and in shock, pleaded with the judge. “I have to go back and tell my kids this and they’ve been waiting to hear from me,” he said.
“I get no joy in telling a family this news,” the judge added, somberly.
Homeland Security previously claimed in court that the RHONJ star did not provide “enough evidence” to prove he should remain in the country with his famous wife and four daughters.
In September, Joe told the judge, “I’ve been here my whole life, I wouldn’t know what to do in any other country. I want to stay here.”
“When he gets home, we’ll see. We have to ride this whole thing out. He has to serve his time, come home and do amazing. And then I’ll answer that question. But I am giving him a chance. That’s why I’m standing by him.” She still blames him for their legal problems saying, “I know he didn’t mean to do it intentionally, but I’m still mad at the situation. He should have been on top of everything!”
Radar reported last month that Teresa couldn’t take the stress of the deportation hearing, which is why she did not attend. A source said at the time, “Teresa has never admitted Joe is going to get deported. She lives in a fantasy world.”
Joe and Teresa have three daughters: Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13,and Audriana, 9.
This story is developing…