Joe Giudice has been deported back to his native country of Italy after he finishes serving his 41-month sentence for fraud in 2019.
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that Joe Giudice will be deported to his native country once his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud comes to an end.
Giudice has lived in America since he was a child, but he never obtained American citizenship, and immigrants can be deported from the United States if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony,” according to U.S. law.
“I was a year old when I came here,” he explained on The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In. “My parents are citizens. My brother and sister are citizens — they were born here. I just never thought to file for citizenship.”
According to current immigration laws, Giudice must have been over the age of 21 when his parents were granted citizenships. Had he been under the age of 21, he would have been granted citizenship with his parents automatically.
“I consider myself an American,” Joe said in a previous interview.
“I don’t really know the laws there. I don’t know sh*t there. In order for me to go there it would be like an immigrant coming here and not knowing anything here,” he said. “Besides eating pasta and making the sauce, I don’t know anything in Italy.”
However, Joe explained he does have relatives there.
“I’d find something to do,” he said. “I have plenty of family there.”