Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told a rally in Omaha last week that illegal immigration has killed more Americans than the attacks on September 11th.
King spoke at an event Friday held for victims of crimes committed by people who are in the U.S. illegally.
Recalling a conversation he had with a former INS agent, Mike Cutler, during a congressional hearing, King said he asked Cutler, “How many Americans have died at the hands of [illegal immigrants] who did make it into America? What’s the price Americans are paying for an open door policy?”
King claims that Cutler responded, “‘I don’t know the answer to that, but I can tell you it will be in multiples of the victims of September 11th.’ Now that hits home doesn’t it?” he asked.
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The total number of people who died during the 9/11 attacks is 2,996.
“Three thousand times something,” King said. “Three thousand times something, three thousand times X, is the magnitude of individual tragedies here in America.”
King read from a headlines compiled by his staff about deaths and injuries caused by illegal immigrants.
“Illegal alien charged with raping 13-year-old girl in Nebraska,” he read.
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“Mexican national charged in fatal DUI crash in Texas,” he continued. “That’s another grave. That’s another grieving family.”
King said two people on his “small staff” alone have been “victims” of car accidents with undocumented immigrants who had no insurance.
State Sen. Charlie Janssen, R-Fremont, also spokes at the rally, which was held in memory of 93-year-old Louise Sollowin. Sollowin was raped and beaten in her South Omaha home in July. She died four days later from her injuries. The man charged with the crime, Sergio Martinez-Perez, is living in the U.S. illegally.
"The violent rape and murder of 93-year-old Louise Sollowin was a 100 percent preventable death," King said. "What we needed to do was enforce our existing laws. We didn't even need to pass a new one."
Sollowin’s granddauther, Teresa Hartzell, spoke at the event, according to the World Herald News Service.
"If there wasn't work for illegal aliens, they wouldn't stay here," Hartzell said. "I want employers to be held to the law and not to hire illegal aliens."