Joe Giudice's daughter seeks President Trump's intervention in stopping her father's deportation
Just days after authorities dismissed an appeal by Giudice to remain in the country, his teen daughter expressed her love for him and sought help from Donald Trump
It may be a long shot in the dark, but 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice's daughter is hoping that an intervention by President Donald Trump might save her father Joe Giudice from being deported. Just days after authorities dismissed an appeal by Giudice to remain in the country, his teen daughter expressed her love for him.
"We will never stop fighting for you daddy," shared 14-year-old Milania with a throwback photo on her social media account. "It's not the same without you. I miss you terribly. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you. I wouldn't know how to stay strong. I need you home daddy. All I want is to be a family again. I love you endlessly buddy."
The adorable post, which shows a young Milania being held by her father, also had the POTUS tagged on it. She added the hashtag "Free Joe Giudice". In another Instagram repost of a former family portrait, Giudice's eldest daughter, Gia also asked the president to spare her father, who had "committed a minor crime to support his family".
Joe, who served a 41-month prison term for tax fraud, was ordered by an immigration court in October 2018 to be deported to Italy after completing his federal sentence. According to the law, the government can deport anyone who's not a US citizen if they commit a crime.
The 46-year-old father was brought from Italy to the United States by his parents when he was a one-year-old toddler, and yet, he never fully became a US citizen. His lawyers confessed that they were disappointed at his appeal getting struck down, and reports say they filed a petition last week with a federal court to review the decision.
"We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice's appeal," said attorney James J. Leonard Jr. in a statement to USA TODAY. "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."
Joe and Teresa were indicted in 2013 when they were accused of hiding their fortune in a bankruptcy filing. Teresa, however, was released from federal prison in 2015 after serving 11 months of a 15-month sentence for fraud. Since he was released from prison in March, Joe has been awaiting his fate at a facility in Western Pennsylvania that houses immigration detainees.
Over the weekend, Teresa celebrated Easter with her four daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana, posting several pictures from the holiday on Instagram. "Happy Easter from my family to yours!" she captioned the shot, adding an emoji of a chick hatching from an egg.