With each day that Joe Giudice remains away from his family, he is losing faith that he’ll ever return home to his wife, Teresa Giudice, and their four daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.
PEOPLE reports that Joe is losing “hope” as he awaits a decision on his deportation appeal.
Since March 2019, Joe has called ICE’s Clinton County Correctional Facility in McElhattan, Pennsylvania home. Living in ICE custody is reportedly taking a huge toll on Joe.
“These past few months in ICE [custody] have been harder for Joe than prison was. The conditions there are terrible,” the source says. “He’s so close to freedom, yet so far away. Not being able to see his family, and knowing that he won’t be able to be back home with them, has really broken him.”
“He’s fighting, but he’s really resigned to the fact that he’ll be deported,” the source continues. “And losing that hope has left him bitter, angry, and unhappy. He’s a shell of who he used to be.”
“Teresa and Joe have had their arguments in the past few months, but Teresa doesn’t want Joe to get deported,” adds the source. “She wants him to come home for their family. She loves Joe and it hurts her to see how he is being treated.”
Joe has been living away from his family since March 2016 when he began serving his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud.
He was released from prison in March but was swiftly moved to an ICE detention center. In October 2018, a judge ordered Joe to be deported to Italy. Since then Joe has filed multiple appeals all which have been denied. He is currently awaiting his final appeal with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
On Tuesday Joe’s legal team requested that the court allow him to move back to Italy while he awaits a decision in his appeal. This move comes after the court denied Joe’s request to be released on bond.
In the recently released trailer for season 10 of RHONJ, Joe seems to believe that his fate is sealed in his deportation case.
“I’m getting deported and that’s all there is to it,” he said in the clip.
Despite it all, Teresa reveals that she and her family are “hanging in there.”
“I am doing good,” she told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. “My daughters are doing well. We’re hanging in there.”
“They are doing good, thank god,” Teresa continued. “They are pretty amazing, strong, young women. I guess they get it from their mommy… It’s a tough time right now, so just being with my daughters [helps].”
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