Joe Giudice‘s ongoing deportation case has been onerous on his household, however his eldest daughter Gia has helped hold everybody collectively.

“Gia has been a rock for her family during these tough times,” a supply near the Giudice household tells PEOPLE of the 18-year-old.

“She’s very mature for her age,” the insider continues, including that sisters Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10, “really look up to her.”

“With the whole Joe situation, she stays strong for them, while still fighting for her dad,” says the supply. “Even now that she’s away for college , the girls are all still very close. She’s set a great example for them. She’s the real star.”

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Actual Housewives of New Jersey followers will get to see Gia in motion in November, when the tenth season of the Bravo franchise returns.

Within the trailer, which premiered earlier this month, Gia was seen clapping again at her mom Teresa after Joe, 49, reveals in a cellphone dialog that he by no means wished to get married.

Their combat comes as dishonest allegations swarm round Teresa after photographs surfaced of her holding palms with a youthful man.

“See what I get?” Teresa, 47, tells Gia — who rapidly fires again, “That’s your personal business with my father. So enough!”

And the supply tells PEOPLE heated conversations between the mom and daughter occur every now and then.

“They have been butting heads, as all mothers and daughters often do,” explains the supply. “Gia tries to stay out of whatever disagreements her parents are having.”

“She’s used to seeing rumors spread about her mom, and it’s never easy for her, but she does her best to ignore them for the sake of her family,” the supply continues. “She doesn’t care what her mom does; she just wants her father home in the long run and will always have a close relationship with him.”

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Joe has been away from the New Jersey dwelling he shares with Teresa and their 4 children since he started serving his 41-month sentence for mail, wire and chapter fraud in March 2016.

He was launched from jail this previous March however is presently being held within the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the Clinton County Correctional Middle in Pennsylvania, whereas he awaits a choice on his deportation ruling.

In October, an immigration courtroom dominated to deport Joe to his native Italy after his jail sentence. (Regardless that he has lived in america since he was a baby, he by no means obtained American citizenship, and immigrants might be deported if they’re convicted of “a crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony,” in accordance with U.S. regulation.) His requests to enchantment the deportation ruling have up to now been denied. A remaining resolution is pending.

Final week, Joe’s authorized staff filed a petition requesting that he be allowed to maneuver to Italy as he awaits the courtroom’s remaining resolution. A request to look ahead to the outcomes again in his New Jersey dwelling was beforehand denied.

A supply beforehand informed PEOPLE that Joe is shedding “hope” that he’ll ever return dwelling to be reunited together with his household.

The situations he’s been residing in underneath ICE’s custody have additionally taken an emotional toll on Joe, in accordance with the household insider.

“These past few months in ICE have been harder for Joe than prison was. The conditions there are terrible,” the supply mentioned. “He’s so close to freedom, yet so far away. 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.”

“He’s fighting, but he’s really resigned to the fact that he’ll be deported,” the supply continued. “And losing that hope has left him bitter, angry, and unhappy. He’s a shell of who he used to be.”

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Whereas Teresa has stood by her husband’s facet up to now, she has additionally been sensible concerning the destiny of their marriage ought to he be deported, admitting on the RHONJ season 9 reunion that she’s “not doing a long-distance relationship.”

However regardless of fights the 2 have had, Teresa remains to be hoping for the very best for Joe.

“Teresa and Joe have had their arguments in the past few months, but Teresa doesn’t want Joe to get deported,” the supply informed PEOPLE. “She wants him to come home for their family. She loves Joe and it hurts her to see how he is being treated.”

Season 10 of The Actual Housewives of New Jersey premieres Nov. 6 (at 9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

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