Joe Giudice was released from federal prison, but he isn’t a totally free man.
Teresa Giudice’s husband was released from Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania on Thursday morning but remains in federal custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to E! News.
He is set to be transferred to an immigration detention center, where he will await a ruling about his ongoing deportation case, which could result in the former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star, 46, moving back to his native Italy.
Should Joe, whose real name is Giuseppe Giudice, be deported, Teresa has said she and her daughters wouldn’t go with him.
“I hope that’s not a decision I have to make,” Teresa told Andy Cohen at the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunion when asked if she’d follow her husband. “But like, to pick up my children and just move to another country, I don’t think that would be good for my children. So I mean, so no, I probably wouldn’t.”
The couple has been married since 1999 and share four daughters: Gia, 17, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10.
Teresa’s attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., told Page Six last week that Joe’s 41-month sentence was set to end in March but he wouldn’t be able to return home because of his pending immigration case.
“The custodial aspect of Mr. Giudice’s federal sentence does in fact expire on or about March 14, 2019,” he told us. “However, due to the immigration order and detainer lodged against him, that is not a release date meaning he is not coming home on that date. We are optimistic that once his appeal is heard, he will receive the appropriate relief and will be able to come home and remain there with his family. They love him, they support him and they miss him tremendously.”
Page Six has reached out to ICE and the Giudice family’s attorney for comment.