George Santos’ mother 9/11: Immigration documents show Congresswoman Fatima Devolder’s mother was not in New York on 9/11.


NEW YORK – As a growing chorus of voices continues to call for New York Congressman George Santos to resign, new evidence obtained by ABC News sheds light on one of his more controversial claims.

As ABC News previously reported, Santos’ mother, Fatima Devolder, obtained documents showing she was not in New York during the 9/11 attacks.

The documents were first reported by The Forward and The Washington Post. They were obtained by Alex Calzaret, who requested them under the Freedom of Information Act and released them to ABC News and other media outlets.

According to the documents, Santos’ mother applied for a replacement green card at the US consulate in Brazil in February 2003. On the form, he signed a statement that he had not been in the United States since June 1999, when he was expelled from the United States during the 9/11 attacks.

The news is just the latest revelation in the congressman’s mounting difficulties in recent days.

Another protest on Wednesday prompted calls for the resignation of an embattled Republican congressman.

SEE | George Santos received $3,000 on GoFundMe for a disabled veteran’s dying dog.

The rally at LaGuardia Airport called for officials to revoke Santos’ passport because protesters, including Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan, say Santos is a flight risk.

Santos faced federal and state investigations after he admitted to “embellishing” his resume, making statements about his work experience and education, including that he attended Baruch College. He doesn’t have it.

In a recent radio interview, it was mistakenly said that Santos not only attended Baruch, but also became a star volleyball player there.

“Here, I sacrificed both knees and had a really good knee replacement playing volleyball,” Santos said in an interview. “That’s how I took the game seriously.”

Critics also accuse Santos of being Jewish.

According to a former roommate, Santos often used both names when raising money for her nonprofit animal rescue organization.

“She used ‘Zabrowski’ for Friends Pets United, a GoFundMe,” said Gregory Morey-Parker. “He said, ‘Oh, if you’re Jewish, Jews give more.’

There is no evidence that a non-profit organization ever existed.

Meanwhile, Santos, a disabled veteran from New Jersey, said he received thousands of dollars donated to save his dying service dog.

Richard Ostoff said that in 2016, Santos claimed to be Anthony Devolder, who started a GoFundMe to save Sapphire, a veteran service dog suffering from cancer. Ostoff said Santos never dropped the money and the dog died.

As for another New York congressman, Democrat Richie Torres is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate how Santos financed his campaign.

He loaned more than $700,000 to the campaign two years ago after earning just $55,000.

“Sir. Santos either illegally coordinated independent spending or received illegal campaign contributions,” Torres said.

Santos did not respond to the complaint filed with the FEC.

Despite all the chaos surrounding the congressman, Republican leaders on Wednesday appointed Santos to two House committees.

The committees are discrete: the Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Small Business Committee.

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