Doing what comes naturally at Portland citizenship ceremony

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Eighty people, including the mother of 15-month-old Hela Fabbar, became U.S. citizens Friday, April 18, in a ceremony at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland. It was the fourth time a naturalization ceremony was held at the school as part of a seven-week learning program on immigration. Hela’s mother, Azhar Fabbar, from Iraq, is in the background.

Galina Souther, left, of Russia, and Xiaojie Chen, of China, celebrate after becoming naturalized U.S. citizens April 18 at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland.

Married couple Abdullah and Rabalo Hussein, formerly of Iraq, recite the Oath of Allegience to become naturalized U.S. citizens on Friday, April 18, at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland.

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