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PHOTO GALLERY: New citizens welcomed at Ontario’s Global Village celebration

Standing with Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce CEO John Breidenbach, Safa Ilmi holds up her certificate of recognition for her work to attain U.S. citizenship. She and other new citizens living in Malheur County were honored in a ceremony at the start of the America's Global Village festival Saturday, June 4, in Ontario. (The Enterprise/SCOTTA CALLISTER)

ONTARIO – A region that traces its roots to an array of cultures welcomed some of its newest U.S. citizens from foreign lands on Saturday, June 4, with certificates, applause, American flags and red, white and blue frosted cupcakes.

The event came at the kickoff for America’s Global Village festival, held in Lions Park.

The Four Rivers Welcome Center invited more than a dozen immigrant and refugee residents who have attained citizenship in the past couple of . . .