With the shocking reports of Joe Giudice’s deportation, the Giudice family lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr., is claiming that there have been no moves to deport his client.
“I can state with absolute certainty that no decision has been made regarding the immigration status of Joe Giudice,” Leonard Jr. tells PEOPLE. “The same immigration detainer that was lodged against him in March of 2016 remains in place today, but I want to be absolutely clear about this, no judicial authority has made any decision regarding what will happen with that detainer.”
“Mr. Giudice has immigration counsel who are and have been working aggressively on his behalf so that he can return home to his wife and four young daughters and we remain optimistic that that is how this will end.”
However, there are multiple reports that confirmed Joe’s deportation, so I’m pretty confused by Leonard’s statements.
All of the reports included the same quote from an ICE spokesperson. The spokesperson claimed Giudice has been “in deportation proceedings while he’s in custody. ICE has lodged a detainer, and he is in removal proceedings.”