In exclusive court records obtained by RadarOnline.com, all four of the Real Housewives of New Jersey star's children penned heartbreaking letters begging the judge to keep their father in the United States.
First, it was their eldest daughter, Gia, 18, who wrote a letter explaining how much her dad wanted to make sure they were safe while he was in prison.
"My family has been through a lot and because of this I have grown to be the wise, mature, and responsible person I am today; but there is only so much a child can take," Gia wrote. "My father was so nervous to leave. A couple months before he left he demanded for my sisters and me to go in the garage with him so he can teach us some of his karate moves. He had security cameras installed and made sure the house was intact before he left. We are his life and he is ours."
"I'm a senior in high school. I want my dad to see me at prom and walk down the football field at graduation. I want him to see me go off to college and pursue my dream of being in the law field. I want my father to walk me down the isle when I get married."
Next, Gabriella, 15 — Joe and Teresa's second daughter — wrote a letter describing the impact her father leaving has had on her life. "It would tear me apart to witness him being deported to Italy," Gabriella wrote. "It hurts me to say that I would internally be damaged if I wasn't given the privilege to see and live with my father everyday."
Gabriella admitted to not playing on her school's soccer team any longer because her dad wasn't there to cheer her on as he used to.
"I would play next year just for the sake of my father's enjoyment and my pleasure. It would be very much appreciated if he was there to watch me and cheer me on during soccer games"
"My dad may not be perfect but who doesn't make mistakes," she added. "All humans do and that is why second chances should always be available... I need my father back home once he's released. I need to wake up to the smell of his delicious cooking in the morning. I need him to be at the table with us during Christmas dinner. I need him to sing Happy Birthday to me in person. I need my dad because I love him and would be swallowed in darkness without him."
"Don't take him away from me," she said. "Instead take away my constant worries and thoughts about never or rarely seeing him again."
Then it was Milania's turn to write a letter. According to Teresa and the rest of her family, it has been the hardest for Milania to have her father gone all these years.
"My dad is literally my best friend... When my mom was away, I got so close with my dad that it was almost like we were inseparable. It was so hard having him being taken away from me."
"At school, all I can think about is my dad and can never concentrate," Milania wrote. "I love and miss my dad so much. Please bring my dad home to me. I need him like I need nobody else."
Gia wrote a letter on behalf of Audriana, who is the youngest of the four children.
"She expressed to me that she loves everything about her daddy," Gia revealed. "She told me, 'he always makes me laugh and whenever he laughs I laugh because his laugh is so funny!' After she said that to me she quietly said, 'and I miss him.'"
Gia continued: "As we came to the end of our conversation she remembered that before my dad left he would always want us to go in the garage with him so he could teach us karate. She thought this was for a play and to be funny, but in reality my dad was trying to teach us all how to protect ourselves before he went to jail. Three years ago my sister was five years old she was so young and innocent, she had no idea what was going on. She told me 'I remember he always said we have to defend ourselves.'"
Joe recently filed a petition to seal these letters.
As Radar exclusively reported, the immigration judge would later deny Joe's appeal to remain in the U.S.
Judge Ellington ordered removal of the 48-year-old on October 10, 2018 back to his native Italy following the completion of his four year sentence on fraud charges.
Joe has attempted to appeal the decision with the Executive Office of Immigration, but the appeal was later dismissed on April 11, 2019.
He is leaving no stone unturned, and is making his final appeal with the Third Circuit court.
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