Rep. George Santos waits for the start of a session in the House chamber.
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Embattled GOP Rep. George Santos says his mother was at the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but according to The Forward, immigration records show she wasn’t even in the country until years later.
His mother, Fatima Devolder, applied for a US visa in 2003, the Forward reported, citing immigration documents.
In those documents, Devolver asserted she hasn’t been in the United States since 1999, according to The Forward.
Santos’ campaign website claimed that his mother was “in her office in the South Tower on September 11, 2001, when the horrific events of that day unfolded.” Santos said Devolver survived the day but later died due to cancer.
A screenshot of George Santos’ campaign website showing his claim that his mother was at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
In a July 2021 tweet, Santos said that “9/11 claimed my mothers life.”
The apparent contradiction is the latest for the embattled New York Republican, who has admitted he lied about his education and job history before winning a seat in Congress.
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