The White House announced today that it had admitted the 10,000th Syrian refugee into the country.

The latest arrival allowed the Obama Administration to reach its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees more than a month ahead of schedule.

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice said this morning that the refugee would be arriving Monday afternoon.

"On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world," the statement said.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration was able to reach its goal "without cutting corners when it comes to security."

He said that Obama would like to increase the number of refugees it takes in from Syria for the next fiscal year.

Nearly five million Syrians have fled the country since civil war erupted in 2011.


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