On Tuesday, Gia Giudice has launched a change.org petition — appealing for President Donald Trump to stop her dad, Joe Giudice’s deportation back to Italy.
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.
“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.”
According to the 18-year-old, Joe is voluntarily in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison, after he completed his prison sentence for fraud because he wants 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.
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.”
In conclusion, Gia Giudice wants her father to be granted 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?”
Read the entire petition below:
“My father, Joe Giudice, came to the United States when he was an infant, one year after his birth, he has resided in New Jersey his entire life.
He is a businessman, a husband, father to four young women all under the age of 19, son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was found guilty of NON Violent offenses and served his time complying with all prison guidelines and procedures. 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 finically satisfying all that was owed. He is currently still in a detention center while fighting the deportation; that’s right he’s still incarcerated months after completing his prison sentence in an effort to stand by his family. After completing his sentence he could’ve left the country and gone to Italy but he chose to stay in prison, hirer additional counsel and make several more appeals to try to stay in the United States because he knows how much his family needs him. He and my mother are willing to spend funds and additional time in an immigration prison for the chance he gets to hold his children again.
He knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work in this foreign land. My father is not a danger to society, he is a warm loving man and I beg you sign our petition to give my father a second chance at being part of our lives and giving back to the community we live in once a again.
My father is there for us in every possible way a father could be. He has always been our handyman, our confidont, our cheerleader, our challenger and most importantly our protector. This would rob us of my father screaming from the stands at our graduations, meeting our future husbands for the first time, of walking us down the aisle, of being there when his grandchildren come into the world. Please use your voice, your power and your signature to help keep my family together.
We request that our President, Donald J Trump review our petition and pardon my father to relieve him of this life sentence the courts are bestowing on him, yes in Italy he will no longer be incarcerated but will he ever be free if kept from his family and be able to be a productive member of society?
Gia,Gabriella, Milania, Audriana and my mom Teresa”
The petition has surpassed its 25,000 goal with 35,000 signatures.
Over the weekend, both Gia and her 14-year-old sister, Milania posted Instagram messages, requesting President Trump halt their dad’s deportation back to Italy.
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we will never stop fighting for you daddy. It’s not the same without you. I miss you terribly. I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out you, I wouldn’t know how to stay strong. I need you home daddy. All I want is to be a family again. I love you endlessy buddy??#freejoegiudice @realdonaldtrump
On October 10, an immigration judge ruled the father of four be deported back to his native Italy.
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