Teresa Giudice‘s husband, Joe, is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. He’s now denying rumors that he will be deported to Italy before he completes his sentence in March 2019.

An ICE spokesperson told Radar that Giudice is “in deportation proceedings while he’s in custody. ICE has lodged a detainer, and he is in removal proceedings.”

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This means Giudice, a native of Italy, could be deported during or immediately after his sentence, which means he wouldn’t be returning home to his wife and four daughters.

James J. Leonard Jr., their family attorney, told People that no decisions have been made about Giudice’s deportation.

“I can state with absolute certainty that no decision has been made regarding the immigration status of Joe Giudice,” Leonard Jr. says. “The same immigration detainer that was lodged against him in March of 2016 remains in place today, but I want to be absolutely clear about this, no judicial authority has made any decision regarding what will happen with that detainer.”

“Mr. Giudice has immigration counsel who are and have been working aggressively on his behalf so that he can return home to his wife and four young daughters and we remain optimistic that that is how this will end,” he added.

Earlier this year, Teresa, who served 15 months in prison for the same crimes, said she wouldn’t mind moving to Italy on last season’s RHONJ reunion.

“I mean, Italy’s a beautiful place to live,” Teresa said. “I wouldn’t mind, you know, I’m just saying. Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that’s what’s going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can.”

A source told People that the pair can’t wait to “be a family again,” saying that “these last few years have been tough on everybody.”

“Mr. Giudice has immigration counsel who are and have been working aggressively on his behalf so that he can return home to his wife and four young daughters and we remain optimistic that this is how this will end,” Leonard told People.

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