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Judge Denies Joe Giudice’s Request To Be Released From ICE Custody Amid Deportation Battle!

After a nearly two-week deliberation, an immigration judge ruled against Joe Giudice’s plea to be freed from ICE custody and return home to his family as he awaits a decision in his ongoing deportation battle, according to Radar Online.

An immigration official told the outlet that on September 20, the judge “rendered a decision of no bond pertaining to Giuseppe Giudice’s case.”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey husband has the opportunity to appeal the judge’s decision within 30 days.

“Joe is extremely disappointed,” James J. Leonard, the Giudice family attorney told PEOPLE in a statement. “He spent the last six months in a cage not able to hug or kiss his wife or daughters when they came to visit him. We treat animals in shelters better than we treat human beings in these ICE facilities.”

Earlier this month, the father-of-four made a video appearance during a bond hearing on Wednesday, September 11. Joe's lawyer requested that he be released from ICE custody so he can wait out his deportation appeal with his family, according to PEOPLE.

Teresa was present at the hearing, as was his mother, sister, brother and two dozen other family members. Joe and Teresa's four daughters did not attend as they were all in school.

According to a source, the hearing lasted one hour. The judge did not issue a decision but is expected to issue a written one within a week.

If the judge rules in Giudice’s favor, he will be able to return to his home to await the rest of his deportation case. If the judge rules in favor of the Attorney General’s Office, Joe will have to wait out his case in the detention center that he is currently in and will have no other recourse.

“Joe is anxious and he desperately wants to come home,” an insider revealed. “This is obviously a very critical hearing for Joe and his family,” Leonard told Page Six. “We are hopeful that the Court will grant him bond.”

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