The 18-year-old reality star directed her change.org petition to Donald Trump, seeking a pardon to keep Joe in the country after having served his time.
While Joe Giudice’s deportation appears imminent, his daughter hasn’t completely given up yet. Gia Giudice launched a petition through change.org on Tuesday aimed at Donald Trump in hopes of securing a pardon and stopping it.
In her plea, she pointed out that Joe came to America at one years old and that he has already served his time for the non-violent crime he was convicted of.
Further, she added, "My mother and father have fought tirelessly to pay back every single penny of restitution to court deemed they owe. They have made a mistake but rectified it through serving time and by financially satisfying all that was owed."
She also pointed out that even though Joe has completed his sentence, he has chosen to stay in prison in order to fight his deportation. "That’s right he’s still incarcerated months after completing his prison sentence in an effort to stand by his family," she wrote.
As he came to America as an infant, Gia added that "he knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work." She also spoke of what he’d miss out, including graduations and weddings, were he to be sent to "this foreign land."
She closed the petition by saying that she is seeking a presidential pardon to "relieve him of this life sentence the courts are bestowing on him." Clarifying her point, she conceded, "Yes in Italy he will no longer be incarcerated, but will he ever be free if kept from his family?"
In less than 12 hours, the petition has exceeded 21,000 signatures and seems poised to break Gia’s goal of 25,000 at some point on Wednesday. Will all the attention get the attention of Trump, and if so, will he acquiesce to her request?
Trump has maintained a hard line on immigration law, but Joe does not qualify as an illegal immigrant. Still, he is an immigrant who has now been found guilty of breaking the law. Would Trump make an exception for Joe and set a precedent that could be used later in similar cases?
It’s hard to say, but it is worth noting that another reality star convinced the president to free Alice Johnson, who also had been incarcerated on a non-violent charge; hers was drug related. After a visit and a plea from Kim Kardashian, Johnson was freed.
Joe and "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa’s younger daughter Milania made a vow via her own Instagram page over the weekend, captioning a throwback picture with Joe, "We will never stop fighting for you daddy."
Joe completed his 41-month sentence on March 14, after being found guilty of fraud, but was immediately transferred into the custody of ICE upon his release. He then appealed their attempt to deport him, only to have that appeal denied on April 21, shortly before Milania’s heartfelt message.
That means he’s now one step closer to being sent back to Italy indefinitely. Joe will remain in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials at an unknown location, where he’s been since his prison release last month.
"We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal," Giudice family attorney James J. Leonard Jr. told People in a statement.
"We have filed a stay with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and will continue to fight to keep Mr. Giudice in the United States, the only country he knows, and reunite him with his wife and four daughters."
And now, Joe’s daughter Gia has joined the fight, opening up another front with an appeal to the public, and ultimately the president of the United States of America.
Teresa told Andy Cohen during the "RHONJ" Season 9 reunion that deportation would mean divorce for her and Joe because she didn’t want to uproot their four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 9.
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