Joe Giudice’s 14-year-old daughter has asked US President Donald Trump to stop his deportation.
The teenager made an appeal on her Instagram, days after ICE denied his father’s deportation appeal.
She shared a photo of her younger self in her father’s arms and captioned it:
“We will never stop fighting for you daddy. It’s not the same without you. I miss you terribly. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you."
"I wouldn’t know how to stay strong. I need you home daddy. All I want is to be a family again. I love you endlessly buddy,” she wrote. She added the hashtag “Free Joe Giudice” and tagged the president’s Instagram account.
“We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal."
Joe, an Italian immigrant, has lived in the United States since he was a child, but he never obtained American citizenship. Under U.S. law, immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony.”
In 2013, Joe and his wife Teresa were indicted after they were accused of hiding their fortune in a bankruptcy filing. He was also accused of failing to file tax returns for four years.
Teresa served 11 months of a 15-month sentence in federal prison for fraud while Joe served 41 months in prison for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud.
Joe has been housed in a Pennsylvania facility for immigration detainees since his release from prison in March 2016. It was also where he received the bad news via teleconference.
His appeal against the decision to deport him was denied on April 6, 2019. His family has expressed disappointment through their family lawyer James J. Leonard Jr.
Leonard said in a statement to PEOPLE: “We are extremely disappointed that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Mr. Giudice’s appeal. We have filed a stay with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and will continue to fight to keep Mr. Giudice in the United States, the only country he knows, and reunite him with his wife and four daughters.”