The government expects to admit up to 85,000 refugees next fiscal year.
The U.S. lags far behind Germany in refugee admissions per capita.
"When we saw that we just said, 'Uh, did he forget a zero in his announcement?'"
President Barack Obama told his administration to prepare for a "significant scaling up" of Syrian refugee admissions, under which the U.S. will take in at least 10,000 Syrians next fiscal year, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday.
The White House says the most effective response to the crisis is still humanitarian aid.