Reborn in the USA

Updated 9:15 PM ET, Fri February 17, 2017

Eighty-nine people arrived at a nondescript office building in northern New Jersey, took the elevator up 15 floors and settled into a drab room lit by fluorescent lights.

They'd navigated through years of patience-testing paperwork to get to this point. In 45 short minutes, they'd proudly step into the future as American citizens.
The ceremony is a short affair.
Becoming a US citizen takes a long time. Once immigrants get their green cards, they need to know English, need to have lived in the United States for at least five years, and need to pass a US civics test, among other things.
But after all that time, the ceremony itself is quick and easy.
Some of these ceremonies are held at photogenic, symbolically American places like Ellis Island.