Joe Giudice Likely Won't Be Able to Visit His Daughters in the US Again After He Gets Deported

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To say things on the Real Housewives front have been crazy as of late would truly be an understatement -- and we aren't talking about one of the franchises. Teresa Giudice's husband Joe will get deported after he finishes his prison sentence, and it seems it's going to affect how he can see their children. It looks like Joe Giudice won't be able to step foot in the US again -- including to visit the four daughters he shares with the Real Housewives of New Jersey star.

  • A judge sentenced Joe to be deported after he serves out the remainder of his 41-month prison sentence next year.

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    "Based upon the law, I find you deportable and ineligible for any kind of relief," Judge John Ellington told the celeb dad on Wednesday, declaring his deportation after being released from prison in 2019. "Mr. Giudice, no matter how this turns out, I wish you the best. I decided this case as a matter of law."

    In 2014, Joe and Teresa pled guilty to 41 counts of fraud. Teresa served 11 months in prison back in 2015, with Joe heading in for his 41-month sentence in 2016. Joe, who came to the United States as an infant, will have to return to Italy next year.

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  • The dad of four has a month to make an appeal, though some peeps in the legal world think that could be next to impossible.

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    "I do not think Joe can win in appeals court. A person who is convicted of fraud like this and an aggravated felony conviction is very hard to get around," immigration attorney Edward Shulman told Us Weekly about the likelihood of Joe getting the ruling overturned. "Maybe there will be some nuance in the statute of the conviction, but it is unlikely."

  • "If the immigration court of appeals denies Joe again, Joe will not be allowed back into the country, not even for a vacation."

    "He can apply for special waivers if a family member is ill, but those are very difficult to receive. His other option is a presidential pardon, but of course, those are extremely rare, too," Shulman, who isn't Joe's attorney but "familiar with similar cases," explained to Us Weekly about the gravity of the situation.

    "Joe is not an illegal alien. He has a green card, but a green card is a privilege, not a right. If someone has been here since they were 1 day old, it does not matter if they have also committed an aggravated felony. The charge of fraud was above $10,000, which makes it an aggravated felony and that is the basis for deportation. There is no relief for Joe now. Since he has a green card and has been convicted of an aggravated felony, the law states that deportation is the result.

    The only arguments his lawyer can make is that the statute of the aggravated felony was not actually against a person, so that amount over $10,000 did not do the harm that a typical aggravated felony would entail and that there is no real victim, but this is not an argument that is likely to work."

    Teresa and Joe have four daughters: Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9.

  • News Joe might not be able to ever see his daughters in the US after being deported is getting mixed reactions.

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    Judging by these comments, it's safe to say folks are divided.

  • A number of people feel this is too "harsh."

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  • Others, however, believe the punishment fits the crime.

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  • Hopefully Joe's daughters will get a chance to say goodbye before this all happens.

    ... and not just while he's in prison.

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