Immigration records contradict Rep. George Santos’ (R-NY) claim that his mother was in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The revelation is the latest blow to the freshman congressman’s credibility after he admitted to lying about his career and personal life.
Documents show Santos’ mother, Fatima Devolder, stated in a visa application to enter the United States from Brazil in 2003 that she had not been in the United States since 1999, according to The Washington Post. The Forward noted that the records, first obtained by researcher Alex Calzareth via the Freedom of Information Act, indicate Devolder being in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Niterói on September 11, 2001.
The congressman’s campaign website claims his mother was in the World Trade Center on the day