Reality TV’s Joe Giudice is slowly inching closer to deportation after an appeal to remain in the United States was dismissed this month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Board of Immigration Appeals. Giudice hails from Italy, and if ICE has its way, he will be forced to return there. The star is currently under ICE detention.
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Giudice’s immigration woes began years ago when he was convicted of mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud when he did not pay taxes on $200,000 in income. Sentenced in 2016 to 41 months in prison, Giudice served 15 months and was released from prison just last month. Upon his release, he was transferred to an ICE detention center to await deportation.
The star shares four daughters, ages 9 through 17, with his wife and fellow “Housewives” star Teresa. His parents brought him to the United States when he was just 1-year-old, and he’s never lived anywhere else. In an interview with Good Morning America, Giudice’s wife expressed her anger that her husband had never applied for citizenship. And although his parents are now U.S. citizens, they must have obtained citizenship prior to Giudice turning 21 in order for him to enjoy automatic citizenship. That was not the case for Giudice, who would have had to apply for citizenship on his own.
Reason for Deportation
Giudice is facing deportation because of his criminal activities. Under the law, immigrants can be deported following a conviction for an aggravated felony or a crime of “moral turpitude.”
Giudice’s attorney has filed a stay on his behalf. If the court grants the stay, then deportation activities will be paused. If the motion is denied, then Giudice will be deported.
Crimes of Moral Turpitude
Giudice’s story underscores the fact that non-citizens from all walks of life are subject to deportation if they fall short of what the law expects. Crimes of moral turpitude are those crimes that are considered to be shocking to the general public, depraved or vile, or contrary to society’s duties, rules, and morality. Fraud, pandering, theft, arson, prostitution, robbery, kidnapping, assault, rape, and homicide—although not an exhaustive list—are all crimes of moral turpitude.
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