Many times I come across lawful permanent residents who have been living in the United States for most of their lives, and who never felt an urge or reason to apply for citizenship. Unfortunately, folks who never naturalize, and find themselves in criminal proceedings, also may face future deportation. Living in the United States for several years in legal status does not create an iron clad defense against deportation.
That is why I urge people who are lawful permanent residents, and qualify to apply for naturalization, should really take the plunge and do it. It’s important not only for the applicant, but also for the applicant’s family.