The family was given a Kansas City Royals jersey as a welcome present

By Alex Heigl
Updated April 08, 2016 11:55 AM
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Credit: Raad Adayleh/AP

Greeted with a Kansas City Royals jersey, Ahmad al-Abboud and his family officially became the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S.

Judy Akers, the executive vice president of Della Lamb Community Services, was on-hand at the International Airport of Amman, Jordan, to greet the Ahmad, his wife and their five children.

“Refugee families who come through Della Lamb refugee services have been vetted by the U.S. State Department,” Akers told KCTV. “The American promise really exists for them. Their families are free.”

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Since October, 1,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the U.S. from Jordan. President Barack Obama has set a target of resettling 10,000 refugees by the end of September.

Della Lamb has helped refugees from a variety of countries, including several African nations, Cuba, Vietnam and Iraq. Once refugees arrive, they undergo an intense 90-day cultural orientation that includes English reading and writing instruction, with the aim of allowing them to get jobs and support their families.