Thanks Carl.

My question really isn't about getting the green card or being removed.
I guess I'm asking if anyone has encountered this situation, and in their experience, how can someone like me can renew my expiring EAD.
Long term solution vs short term. Long term is obviously green card, and eventually swearing before the judges years later with my American pin on my suit; but short term would be EAD, so that I can afford an attorney.