Joe Giudice Posts Sweet Mother's Day Tribute to Ex Teresa: 'I Will Always Be Grateful to You'

Joe has been living in Italy since October, seven months after he was released from his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy. He was initially transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to wait out his appeal decisions after being released in March 2019, but due to rough condition inside the ICE, he requested to go to Italy.

Last month, Joe's third deportation appeal was denied.

"We have always maintained that Joe Giudice belongs in the United States with his family, not in Italy," his attorney James J. Leonard told PEOPLE on April 29. "The immigration laws in our country are both draconian and antiquated and need to be revisited by forward-thinking members of Congress."

Despite the news, Leonard said Giudice was "very positive about life."

"He's in Italy doing everything he can to keep busy, and stay healthy. I know he's working on some projects that I'm sure you will hear about soon. For now, it's day at a time like everyone else."

Joe was born in Italy and lived there for a year before his parents relocated to America. He never obtained American citizenship and per U.S. law, immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony.”

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