As we reported earlier this week, there’s a very good chance that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice will be deported after he’s released from prison.

In fact, it’s looking more and more like a foregone conclusion.

Pretty much everyone has accepted the fact that Juicy Joe will likely be shipped back to Italy as soon as he’s finished serving his four-year prison sentence.

Everyone, that is, except for Joe himself.

Yes, as you probably already know, Giudice is currently behind bars on felony fraud and tax evasion charges.

Since he never bothered to become a US citizen after emigrating here, Joe is likely to be booted back to the Boot after he’s through during his time

Unlike the imaginary brown boogeymen certain politicians want you to live in fear of, Joe actually moved to the US and promptly went about the business of committing felonies.

Governments generally aren’t fond of that sort of behavior, which is why Joe will likely be handed a one-way ticket to Florence the day he leaves prison. 

According to Radar Online, Joe is already “in deportation proceedings,” despite that fact that he’s still in custody.

“ICE has lodged a detainer, and he is in removal proceedings,” a source tells the site.

Apparently, this will all come as quite a shock to Joe, who’s convinced he’ll be heading back to Jersey after his release:

“Joe is convinced that he is not getting deported,” says a different insider.

“He just says that it isn’t going to happen.”

The source adds:

“Either he is in denial or he knows something that no one else does, but he does not believe it will happen.”

Yeah, we’re gonna go with the former option on that one.

Hilariously, it seems ICE is so eager to send Joe back to the land of popes and pasta that they might not even wait until he completes his sentence.

“If he is ordered deported while in custody, he will be removed from the U.S.,” says the insider.

Of course, the big question now is — if Joe gets deported, will Teresa Giudice go with him?

Teresa has been pretty non-committal in her responses to that particular query, so the safe bet is that she’ll be staying put in the U.S. of A.

“I mean, Italy’s a beautiful place to live,” she said in a recent interview.

“I wouldn’t mind, you know, I’m just saying. Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that’s what’s going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can.”

Yeah, those aren’t the words of a woman who’s eager to uproot her life and move across an ocean.

Teresa has four young daughters; she makes a lucrative living in the US that she can’t make anywhere else; and she needs the money more than ever thanks to her multi-million dollar debt to the government.

In other words, Joe might want to get ready to arrivederci to his long-suffering wife.