In an emotional Bravo Insider video, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is seen explaining all the reasons Joe, 47, should remain with his family, rather than be deported to his native Italy for his crime.
“If he gets deported, he’ll never be able to go to their graduations, celebrate their birthdays, anything,” the mom of four said in the clip. “He’s going to be missing out on so much.”
Despite rumors she’s anxious to divorce the former jailbird, Teresa, 47, said her daughters, Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10, need their father.
“The girls adore their father and no child should have to go through what my daughters are going through,” she continued. “They should have their daddy here.”
RadarOnline.com readers know that in 2013 Joe was accused of tax fraud. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison with a possibility of deportation after his release. Though Joe spent his entire life in the United States, he never officially got his citizenship, which means that due to his crime, he could be sent back to Italy.
Joe was freed from prison earlier this year but is still being kept in an ICE facility until a judge decides whether or not to deport him.
“When you’re a mom and your children are hurting, it just kills you so much,” Teresa said in the clip. “If I could take any of this pain away from them, I wish I could.”
Other RHONJ stars who starred in the Bravo Insider video supported Teresa’s plea, saying just how heartbreaking it’s been to watch the girls lose their dad.
“Joe may get deported from this country forever. That is so devastating. The girls expected their dad to come home after his sentence was over, so this is ripping out the rug from under their feet again,” Dolores Catania said.
“It boggles my mind that this is what’s going on,” Margaret Josephs said. “It’s just the most painful thing I’ve ever heard. I feel sorry for her.”
“I do feel for the girls. They are very upset that this is happening to their father, and rightfully so,” Melissa Gorga said.
“If Teresa decides not to go with him, I mean she’s gotta do what works for her,” Jennifer Aydin said. “If my husband were being deported, without a doubt I would leave with him, in the blink of an eye, but even though she may not go over there, I think she’s still doing everything she can to be a good mom. And I don’t think the honor or integrity of her marriage goes out the window.”
“I feel bad for Teresa’s situation,” Jackie Goldschneider said.
“Teresa puts on a smile every day for her family and her daughters, and that’s a special person,” Margaret, 52, said through tears.