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Celebrity faces need for deportation defense

Though many New York residents are aware that the nation is in the midst of what has been called an "immigration crisis," they may not realize that the current government actions are affecting immigrants of all nationalities. While many news stories surrounding the issue focus on immigrants of Hispanic descent, a recent headline indicates that people of any nationality can find themselves in need of deportation defense. Joe Giudice, a former reality television star, has just learned that he will be deported to Italy. 

Guidice came to America with his family as an infant. After several years of marriage to his wife Theresa, an American citizen, the couple found themselves in hot water after some issues were discovered with their taxes. Both served prison time, but were allowed to serve their sentence at different times so that their children would not have both parents incarcerated at the same time. Unfortunately for Mr. Guidice, the troubles didn't end there. 

After the tax crime conviction, Mr. Guidice was informed by immigration authorities that he was not actually an American citizen, and was in fact an undocumented immigrant. Mr. Guidice was shocked at this revelation, claiming that he had lived in the United States his entire life and was unaware there was an issue with his citizenship. A judge has ordered that he be deported to Italy after he serves the remainder of his sentence. 

If a New York resident is concerned about the need to present a deportation defense, it's understandable to feel overwhelmed. One step that can be taken is to contact an experienced immigration attorney. An attorney can help a client present a case in court, and fight for the right to stay in the United States without separating the individual from everything he or she knows and loves. 

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