My mother is from Mexico and has lived with my sister and I in Texas for about 15 years. She's an illegal immigrant but has managed to stay under the radar because she has abided by the laws. We have always said that when I turned 21, I would apply to help her become a U.S. citizen. I turn 21 next year, and today she was stopped by a State Trooper because the license plate stickers on our car are expired and she was driving it like that either way. Furthermore, she doesn't have a license nor do we have car insurance. The officer let her go but gave her a ticket and she must go to court. We are now worried that in court her immigration status might come up and she might get deported. In the past- I'm talking about 8 years ago- she got a speeding ticket and was able to pay off with community service despite not being a U.S. citizen, is that still possible?
My question is, if she does get deported? Will I still be able to help her become a U.S. citizen when I turn 21? Will it be more complicated?