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10,000th Syrian Refugee to Arrive in US Monday

More than 4.8 million Syrians have fled since a civil war began tearing their homeland apart

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    A Syrian refugee man and boy cross into Jordan at the Hadalat reception area on the Syrian-Jordanian border, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of the capital of Amman, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The commander of Jordan's Border Guard Forces says the number of Syrian refugees amassed in remote desert areas on the Jordanian border and waiting to enter has risen to a new high of 59,000.

    The 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive in the U.S. on Monday — meeting a humanitarian goal the Obama administration set last year.

    "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," National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a statement.

    Rice did not announce the name of the refugee or where in the U.S. that person will be resettled. But she said the feds reached President Obama's goal to admit 10,000 Syrians this fiscal year — a month ahead of deadline.

    More than 4.8 million Syrians have fled since a civil war began tearing their homeland apart — but less than two percent of them have landed in the U.S., according to the State Department, NBC News reported.

    Almost half of the new Americans are 14 and under and 62 percent are under age 20, the feds said. The top two destinations in the U.S. for the Syrians are Michigan, which has long been a destination for Syrian immigrants, and California.