The U.S. will welcome 10,000th refugee this Monday

According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year old resettlement program. Some of the families will be traveling to California and Virginia, in hopes of a new start.

Last fall, President Obama announced his goal was to resettle 10,000 refugees by the end of September, putting the program ahead of schedule. U.S. Ambassador, Alice Wells, assures that, “ Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny.”

Wells says that several hundred Syrians will depart from Jordan over a 24-hour period. For example, the Jouriyeh family is expected to resettle in the city of San Diego in California. Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, 49, a former construction worker will be traveling with his wife, Rajaa, 42, and their four children. Mohammed, their eldest son, said he is eager to begin school in San Diego and hopes to study medicine one day.

The resettlement program will help the most vulnerable refugees, such as those who were subjected to violence, tortured or are sick. Wells says the U.S. has taken in more refugees from around the world over the years than all other nations combined.

Strong opinions about the refugees arriving to the U.S. are already boiling on many social media platforms. Many are already wondering how this country plans on housing and providing for the 10,000 refugees. Its easy to complain about the U.S. helping the refugees instead of our own unemployed citizens on welfare and the homeless in our streets. There has to be an understanding that the refugees are trying to escape the daily bombings and bloodshed happening everyday in their country. Families who have been tortured and injured have the opportunity to start a new life. Choosing compassion and understanding over discrimination is a bold choice.

Five members of the Jouriyeh family, who are Syrian refugees headed to the U.S. from Jordan this week as part of a resettlement program.

Raad Adayleh/AP