Stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa and Joe Giudice, were found guilty of mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud in March 2016.
According to People, both Teresa and Joe were sentenced to time in jail and were granted permission to serve that time separately so that at least one parent could care for their four daughters.
Teresa served her 11 months in prison first and was released on December 23, 2015. Joe is still currently serving his 41-month sentence.
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According to Teresa, as People reports, when she and Joe got married, she didn’t know her soon-to-be husband wasn’t an American citizen.
Joe, who immigrated to America from Italy with his family when he was just a baby, never applied to become a United States citizen.
Now, after being found guilty of a felony, Joe may be deported back to Italy following his release. Teresa said of the news:
“When I married him, I didn’t know. I remember I tried to make him, I tried to fill out the paperwork.
It was never on my radar. It’s not like I married an immigrant and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I have to make him an American citizen.’ Never thought of that at all. I mean, I guess that that was his parents’ responsibility. I mean they came here when he was a year old. I mean his brother and sister, they were born here. And they’re American.”
Teresa added that while she is optimistic about her husband’s release in March 2019, she is also saddened by the fact that her husband may not be able to stay in the States with her and their daughters.
“Of course I’m very angry. I’m just angry like a lot of things. I wish my husband would have crossed every T, dotted every I. There was also another person involved and nothing happened to that person, which is very sad. There’s a lot of scenarios. I lost my mom. I’m angry about that. You know? I lost time with my mom because I was away. There’s a lot. I lost time with my daughters while I was away. Children need their mom.”
However, despite being angry and saddened by the situation, Teresa said she doesn’t have a choice but to be strong for her children, 17-year-old Gia, 14-year-old Gabriella, 12-year-old Milania, and 9-year-old Audriana:
“We’re both pretty strong, and we’re both there for each other.
My four daughters, they’re my main priority. So if I crumble up, it’s not going to be good for them, you know? I have … to keep everything going as normal as possible for my four daughters. They have school, they have their activities. Everything is going on, so that’s how I deal with it. I try to keep everything as normal as possible and I’m not going to be in a corner like crying or not attending to my kids. What good would that be for them?”
Teresa said that while it’s her job to handle her and her husband’s affairs, she’s not blind to the fact that the entire situation affects their children in some way.
And that’s why Teresa and Joe plan to fight the court’s decision to deport Joe upon release:
“The adults can handle anything. Adults can handle it because they’re big. That’s why we’re adults. We can handle it. But who would it affect the most? It’s the children. And that’s what’s sad about it, because the children are affected by it. It’s very sad, because they’re going through all this heartache, meanwhile it’s not even their fault. You know? They’re the ones that hurt the most.”
“They know we’re gonna fight it,” she added. “They know mommy is doing everything she can. They know I’m doing everything I can. So that’s it. That’s all I can do.”