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Joe Giudice Leaves U.S. For Italy After Being Freed From ICE Custody Amid Deportation Appeal!

Teresa Giudice's husband has left the United States. On Friday, the Real Housewives of New Jersey husband was freed from ICE custody and flew to Rome, Italy where he will continue to appeal his deportation order, PEOPLE reports.

The 47-year-old, father of four is “free” his lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. said in a statement to PEOPLE. “He is en route to Italy right now. He spoke to Teresa and Gia from the plane and he is extremely happy to be released, more than words can describe,” the lawyer continued.

“We are still fighting and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family.”

TMZ was first to report his departure plans for Friday night, with sources telling the outlet that Joe would be flying economy.

As previously reported, Joe was denied his original request to be released to the New Jersey home he shares with wife Teresa Giudice and their four daughters. He then filed a petition in late September to go to Italy instead. That request was approved earlier this month.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, lawyers for Joe said he was hoping to get out so he could work to make money for his family.

They also stated that Joe is still hopeful his appeal will be granted, allowing him to come back to the United States. In the event that he does prevail in his case after he has been sent to Italy, Joe requests that ICE facilitate his return home.

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