“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice will be deported back to his native Italy once he’s released from his 41-month prison sentence.
A judge in Pennsylvania’s York Immigration Court ruled Wednesday that Giudice will not return home to wife Teresa and their four children once he’s out of the slammer, and that he has 30 days to appeal the decision, a spokesperson for the Executive Office for Immigration Review confirmed to the Daily News.
“Based upon the law, I find you deportable and ineligible for any kind of relief,” Judge John Ellington said, according to RadarOnline. “Mr. Giudice, no matter how this turns out, I wish you the best. I decided this case as a matter of law.”
The outlet reports that the reality star appeared at the hearing via teleconference, and was shocked and angered by the ruling.
“I’ve been here my whole life, I wouldn’t know what to do in any other country,” he reportedly said. “I want to stay here.”
Giudice’s attorney declined to comment.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to the Daily News in June that Giudice was in deportation proceedings, though the family’s attorney said at the time that his status was still pending, and his immigration counsel was “optimistic” that he’d avoid deportation.
Giudice, 46, is about two and a half years into a lengthy prison sentence handed down in 2014 over charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and failure to file tax returns. He is scheduled for release in March 2019.
He was previously transferred from a Ford Dix, N.J. prison to one in Allenwood, Pa. after requesting placement in a residential drug and alcohol abuse program. He had been denied entry into the program in New Jersey because an ICE detainer had been put in place.
Wife Teresa, who served her own prison sentence in 2015, has previously said that she was open to the idea of following her husband back to Italy.
“I mean, Italy’s a beautiful place to live. I wouldn’t mind, you know, I’m just saying,” she said. “Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that’s what’s going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can.”
The couple married in 1999, and share four young daughters.
The reality star shot down divorce rumors last year, saying she and Joe spoke on the phone every day and she visited him in prison several times per month.