“I still think I have a chance to make a difference in the world," the man is quoted as saying. "I have several inventions that I’m hoping to patent once I get to America. I just hope that it’s safe and that it’s a place where they respect science. I just want to get back to work. I want to be a person again. I don’t want the world to think I’m over. I’m still here.”
A White House official confirmed to ABC News that President Obama himself responded Wednesday evening, assuring the man that he would be welcomed “with the compassion and support you deserve."
"As a husband and a father, I cannot even begin to imagine the loss you've endured," Obama said. "You and your family are an inspiration."
And in almost a direct rebuke to Trump’s campaign slogan, President Obama closed his comment by saying, “You’re part of what makes America great.”