Reality Is so Unfair – Guidice Deportation

Of late, it has become fashionable for the mainstream media to portray any foreign national facing deportation as the victim of an unjust immigration system. That has never actually been true. But it is particularly misplaced in the case of Joe Giudice.

Joe is the husband of Teresa Giudice, who came to fame starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Teresa has also written several best-selling cookbooks and appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice. The Giudices are part of that unique American phenomenon whereby otherwise unremarkable people become famous simply because Hollywood put them in the public eye and declared them to be celebrities.

Joe, an immigrant from Italy, and Teresa, the child of Italian immigrants, could have lived the American dream. But their overly extravagant lifestyle led to financial problems and they declared bankruptcy. Scrutiny of their bankruptcy filings led to charges that the Giudices lied to the Bankruptcy Court, the IRS and numerous financial institutions.

The couple was indicted for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. Joe was also charged with failure to file tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008, a period during which time he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.

Both of the Giudices were convicted and sentenced to time in federal prison. Teresa completed her stretch and was released. Joe is nearing release. However, Joe, who is not a citizen has been ordered deported to his native Italy. Although details have not been reported in the press, his convictions are likely both “crimes involving moral turpitude” and “aggravated felonies” – which means Mr. Giudice would not be eligible for any type of relief from removal.

Almost immediately, mainstream news outlets like CNN, CBS News and Newsday began running pieces decrying Giudice’s deportation as “unfair” because “the United States is the only country he knows.” And Bravo producer Andy Cohen lamented to Us Weekly, ““It seems so extreme to deport him. …why not sentence him to community service or to something else he could do to enrich the community instead of deporting him?”

Of course, Cohen completely missed the point. It’s Giudice that engaged in extreme behavior. He was welcomed to the United States and given an opportunity to succeed on his own merits.  When he could have enriched the community that allowed him, and his wife, to be entrepreneurial in ways totally impossible in his native Italy, he repaid his adopted homeland with cheating, deceit and theft. And – much to his own detriment – he chose not to declare permanent allegiance to his adopted homeland.

In the end, the United States has been nothing but fair and reasonable with the entire Giudice family. However, if Joe Giudice were permitted to avoid deportation merely because he is wealthy, Caucasian and famous, our immigration system would, indeed, be perpetrating a great injustice.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    No motor vote patrols ! No Sanctuary cities vote ! No ID no vote ! Stick to polling place to vote only ! No substitute places to vote ! ICE be present a ever voting polls to see who’s voting ! Don’t lat illegals vote period and states that do it fine time & jail time!????????

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    Hades, They Feed Them Better in the Family Invasion Tents

    Than legal American Citizens in disabled homes. In Seattle, the severely disabled get jail food, “a Banquet TV Dinner and can of pop” [I witnessed it in Seattle on an on-going continuous basis]. Let’s hope we don’t end up in our own American nursing homes [jails?]…

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    The Lame Stream Media publishes and electronically propagates Fake News. No surprise that they back Fake Finances, too.