Teresa Giudice's Husband Joe Granted Approval to Stay in USA Amid Deportation Battle
Joe Giudice has been awaiting his fate at a facility in western Pennsylvania that houses immigration detainees
Joe Giudice gets to call the United States home for a little while longer.
“The petitioner’s motion for a stay of removal is granted. The requirements for granting a stay have been satisfied. … The temporary stay of removal previously granted is vacated as no longer necessary,” the documents state. “Petitioner’s unopposed motions to seal Exhibit C to the Moseley Declaration and to amend/correct his stay motion are granted.”
“We are grateful that the Court has granted the stay,” Joe’s attorney tells PEOPLE. “Joe looks forward to continuing this fight to the very end. There is nothing more important to him than returning home to his wife and kids.”
The positive news comes weeks after Joe’s deportation was temporarily delayed.
“This order is issued in accordance with the Standing Order of the Court dated August 8, 2015,” the documents state. “The foregoing motion is temporarily granted; removal is stayed until such time as the Court can consider the motion for stay of removal.”
Joe and Teresa, both 47, were indicted in 2013 when they were accused of hiding their fortune in a bankruptcy filing. Joe was also accused of failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008.
Teresa was released from federal prison in 2015 after serving 11 months of a 15-month sentence for fraud. Joe was released after he completed a 41-month prison sentence in March for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud.
Since he was released from prison in March, the father of four — he and Teresa share daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10 — has been awaiting his fate at a facility in western Pennsylvania that houses immigration detainees.
Even though Joe has lived in the United States since he was a child, he never obtained American citizenship, and immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony,” according to U.S. law.
Since his release from prison earlier this year, his family has been publicly pleading with President Donald Trump to pardon Joe and spare him deportation back to Italy.
The president, though, has yet to discuss Giudice’s case and the White House press team did not respond to a previous request for comment. However, according to a source familiar with the administration’s thinking, the pardon request is not on their radar.
“This has not reached the White House,” the source, who notes that publicity alone does not carry a pardon request to Trump’s desk, said in early May.
The source explained: “If it was worth it on the merits, this would be something, but just because [the Giudice family] is asking … “
“Thousands of people have through different means tried to bring different cases” to the White House, said the source, who added, “The vast majority of them just don’t warrant the decision.”
Gia has created a petition on behalf of her, her siblings and Teresa urging Trump to intervene. She argued in her petition: “My father is not a danger to society.”
“He knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work in this foreign land,” she wrote. Teresa separately posted on her Instagram urging people to sign the petition.