A milestone in the number of Syrian refugees now living in the U.S.

FOX's Jared Halpern has more from Washington:

The 10,000th Syrian refugee has been admitted to the U.S., marking a goal President Obama had hoped to reach by the end of the fiscal year next month, millions in Syria have been forced to flee a civil war and persecution from ISIS.

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest says the President directed more resources to pick up the pace:

(Earnest) "Collecting bio-metric information, doing in-person interviews, doing background checks, running their information through a variety of national security and international databases."

The Syrian refugee program has been controversial, many Republican lawmakers warn extremists could use it to get into the country.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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