Fighting to come home.
Joe Giudice is fighting to return to the United States two years after requesting to leave for Italy as he awaited a decision in his deportation case. This all came after Joe spent 41-months in prison for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Following prison, Joe spent 7 months in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
Now, the Real Housewives of New Jersey alum has hired a new attorney to fight his deportation case.
“I would like to be able to see my children again in our home state, be a part of their lives, be physically present when they need me and watch them grow up,” Joe told Us Weekly. “I yearn to hold my grandmother in my arms again before the time comes [in which] she is no longer on this Earth. [I want to] be with my mother [and] my family, to be in the place I have called home since I was a year old.”
Joe has hired immigration attorney Jessica M. Cadavid to assist him in his fight.
“I’m hopeful and pray that I can finally go home in the near future,” he said.
Cadavid is optimistic she can get Joe reunited with his family in the very near future.
According to Cadavid, she plans to file a waiver of inadmissibility, which she says is a “kind of a forgiveness from the United States government.” She notes that the previous presidential administration wasn’t approving these kinds of waivers.
“[But] we are hopeful that this time around, we can take a look at his file with time that has passed from his deportation and the fact that he has a family here, he still has children here,” she told Us Weekly on Friday. “He could ask the government for forgiveness and at least come back to be able to see his family.”
She hopes the United States Government will see that Joe “has been involved in a lot of activities and a lot of different things that put him in a good light.”
“[Joe] made a mistake and he very well will tell you that, but that mistake isn’t for life,” the attorney said. “Joe’s a part of a lot of homes. He’s been on the Real Housewives and so people have followed his story and have continued to be involved. That is what we are hoping to show [in our filing].”
However, she notes it could take “14 months at a minimum” before a judge will be able to review Joe’s case.
“We talk a lot about feelings because this process is hard and it’s sad,” she explained. “Someone is out there in purgatory kind of waiting [and asking], ‘Can I come see my family?’”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo in February 2022.