The United States has now accepted 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country in the last year, the White House said.
National security adviser Susan Rice said in a statement the 10,000th refugee touched down Monday afternoon. The arrival marks the completion of the Obama administration’s pledge, made last September, to accept that number of refugees from the war-torn country by the end of next month.
Over the last year, the U.S. government has resettled Syrian refugees in dozens of states; Michigan and California have taken the most, with 570 and 500, respectively, according to Time. On Monday, Rice thanked the “generous communities throughout our country that have continued to open their arms to these new neighbors, demonstrating the values that have made our nation great.”
Rice said the U.S. will admit at least 85,000 refugees from various countries this year. In the 2015 fiscal year, the U.S. admitted 70,000 refugees.
The Obama administration announced last fall it would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of fiscal year 2016, which is September 30, in response to Europe’s migrant crisis, the worst of its kind since World War II. It also allocated $4 billion to humanitarian groups working with refugees. In fiscal year 2015, the U.S. accepted 1,500 Syrian refugees.