Joe Giudice is almost unrecognizable in a new photo that his daughter shared after the release of the reality star from ICE detention.
Joe's daughter, Gia, 18, gave her dad a snapshot of himself after his lawyer confirmed it. The 47-year-old was on his way to his native Italy when he started a deportation order against him.
"One of the happiest moments of my life", she signed the picture shared on Saturday. "I love you so much, Dad, so happy you're free, see you soon."
TERESA GIUDICE SAYS HUSBAND JOE GIUDICES DEPORTATION DECISION IS, 'TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE FROM US & # 39;
In the photo, the star "Real Housewives of New Jersey" seems to have lost a lot of weight.
Joe's sister-in-law also shared a picture of him with his brother Pete on Saturday.
"A day we all waited patiently for, Pete and Joe finally reunited, smiles bigger and brighter than the sky, our hearts are so full", she provided the photo with captions.
Joe's family lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. told Fox News in a statement on Friday: "Our System These draconian immigration laws are destroying families, and the time has come for a serious immigration reform – it's absolutely bad what happens is so much better than that. "
JOE GIUDICE AND FAMILY & # 39; EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED & # 39; AFTER REJECTION DISCLAIMER
Joe shares four daughters – Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14 and Audriana, 10 – with his wife, "Real Housewives" veteran Teresa Giudice.
Leonard told People magazine that the 47-year-old spoke with his wife and eldest daughter "off the plane" and was extremely happy to be released, more than words can describe.
He continued, "We are still struggling and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family." LBS
On Friday, Teresa shared a photo of the Statue of Liberty on Instagram, inscribing the painting with praying emojis.
Joe and Teresa Giudice pleaded guilty in 2014, three cases of bankruptcy fraud and a count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Joe also pleaded guilty that he had not filed a tax return.
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Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison in October 2014 and released in detention in December 2015. Joe has been detained by immigration officers since his 41-month jail term last March. A judge ruled in October 2018 that he would be deported to Italy after completing his sentence.
Joe said he came to the US as an infant and did not know that he was not an American citizen.  Associated Press has contributed to this report.