“The appeal has been filed and we remain optimistic that Joe will soon be home with his family where he belongs. We are extremely grateful for Joe’s immigration attorneys Jerry Gonzales and Tom Moseley and are very confident in them,” Leonard Jr. said in a statement, adding it could take months for an answer.
Last month, immigration Judge John Ellington ordered Joe, 46, to be deported at the end of his prison term. The father of four is set to be released next March.
“I was home when I heard the news about Joe and listen, it’s a very private, personal issue,” Joe’s sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, recently told Page Six. “I think that they’re dealing with it. It’s not over yet so everybody’s just praying and hoping that it turns around.”