I have seen two families recently who have family members who have been legal permanent residents (LPRs) since they were children. They both were being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) because of drug charges they plead guilty to as young adults.
One case had a happy ending, the other is still a nightmare. The difference in the cases? The father of one of the LPRs naturalized when she was under 18, and she was automatically a U.S. Citizen. We were able to have the I.C.E. hold dropped and are pursuing a Certificate of Citizenship.
In the other case, the young LPR is in Immigration detention without the ability to bond out while he is waiting to see an Immigration Judge. Unless he is able to have the drug case vacated, he will be deported and the Immigration Judge will not be able to consider his rehabilitation, that he is married to a U.S. Citizen, his involvement in his community or the fact that he no longer has connections with his country of birth.