By Jacqueline Baylon, Dylan Bank and Mark Abadi
August 8, 2020
Taking an oath of allegiance is the last step for people going through the long process of becoming US citizens.
The ceremony typically takes place in large venues or courthouses, with hundreds or even thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder in front of a judge.
But social distancing has moved these events outdoors, where judges preside over drive-thru naturalization ceremonies at scenic locations like Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.
Now, soon-to-be citizens simply drive up to the ceremonies in their cars, hand over their green cards, take the oath, and leave newly minted citizens of the United States.