Joe Giudice is being forced to return to Italy, but the star of reality has always identified himself as an American.
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that Joe Giudice will be deported to his native country once he finishes his 41-month prison sentence for fraud, wire transfer and bankruptcy.
So, why are you being deported?
Although Giudice has lived in the United States since he was a child, he never obtained US citizenship, and immigrants can be deported from the United States if they are convicted of "a crime of moral turpitude" or "aggravated felony", according to the United States. law.
"I was one year old when I came here," he explained. The real housewives of New Jersey: Teresa registers. "My parents are citizens. My brother and my sister are citizens, they were born here. I never thought about applying for citizenship. "
According to current immigration laws, Giudice must have been over 21 years of age when her parents were granted citizenship. If he had been under 21 years of age, he would have been granted citizenship with his parents automatically.
"I consider myself an American," said Joe.
In fact, Giudice confessed that he is not familiar with Italian customs and said that moving would be a cultural shock.
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"I do not really know the laws there, I do not know, there." For me to go there would be like an immigrant who comes here and does not know anything here, "he said." Besides eating pasta and making salsa, I do not know anything in Italy " .
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Giudice said he still has relatives in Italy.
"I would find something to do," he said. "I have a lot of family there."
A judge ruled on the deportation order in the immigration court on Wednesday morning. Teresa was not in court, and Joe has 30 days to appeal the decision.
The first The real housewives of New Jersey Star is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail fraud, bank transfer and bankruptcy that began in March 2016. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.
During the month of January. RHONJ At the meeting, Giudice's wife, Teresa, was optimistic when asked about the possibility that her 46-year-old husband was sent to Italy, and hinted that she would move there with him.
"I mean, Italy is a beautiful place to live," said Teresa, also 46 years old. "I would not mind, you know, I'm just saying, Listen, what God has planned for me, that's what's going to happen, I'll embrace him as best I can."
The couple shares daughters: Gia, 17, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12 and Audriana, 9.