When Joe Giudice was launched from ICE custody to board a airplane for Italy on Friday, he had one thing crucial to do: speak to his ladies!

Joe’s lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. instructed PEOPLE in a press release on Friday that Joe spoke with each his spouse, Teresa Giudice, and his oldest daughter, Gia Giudice, from the European-bound airplane.

“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,” Leonard stated.

He added that they’ll proceed to enchantment Joe’s deportation order as he’s in Italy: “We are still fighting and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family.”

A supply beforehand instructed PEOPLE that Joe was having a tough time being in custody and missed his household an amazing deal.

“Not being able to see his family, and knowing that he won’t be able to be back home with them, has really broken him,” the supply stated. In addition to 18-year-old Gia, Joe and Teresa share Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.

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Later in the day on Friday, after talking along with her husband, Teresa shared a photograph of the Statue of Liberty crying along with her face in her fingers, captioning the publish with a string of praying hand emojis.

Until Friday, Joe was being held at at the Clinton County Correctional Center in Pennsylvania, the place he was despatched after serving a 41-month jail sentence for mail, wire and chapter fraud. He was launched final March, and an immigration court docket dominated to deport Joe final October.

What has adopted has been a really uphill battle for Joe.

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Joe’s request to transfer to Italy was granted earlier this month, solely after his request to transfer again to New Jersey with Teresa and their daughters was denied.

His attorneys stated in paperwork beforehand obtained by PEOPLE that the father of 4 hoped to be launched from custody in order that he may work to earn a living for his household.

While Joe has been coping with his deportation drama, life has continued for Teresa and the ladies. Teresa not too long ago attended a soccer recreation at Rutgers University with Gia, the place she is a pupil, and the household celebrated Gabriella’s 15th birthday final week.

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