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February 12, 2016

Steve King: Immigrants Have Killed More People Than 9/11 Terrorists

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the latest did-you-hear-what-Steve-King-said-about-immigration news, the Iowa Republican has a rough estimate of how many Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants.

As reported first by the Des Moines Register, King told a crowd in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 13 that thousands of Americans, “multiples of the victims of Sept. 11,” have been killed by illegal immigrants.

“Now that hits home, doesn’t it?” King asked the crowd. “Three thousand times something.”

King continued: “Three thousand times something, three thousand times X, is the magnitude of individual tragedies here in America.”

King said the estimate came from former immigration agent Mike Cutler during a congressional hearing, when King asked Cutler, “What’s the price Americans are paying for an open-door policy?”

Cutler said he didn’t know but offered that it was multiples of the victims of Sept. 11, according to King.

King reportedly made the comments at an event to honor a woman believed to have been killed by an illegal immigrant.

But King’s comments are nothing new.

In 2006, King apparently calculated that 12 Americans die every day because of illegal immigrants. He also reported at that time that eight American children are victims of sexual abuse every day at the hands of illegal immigrants.

(The federal government has no way of keeping track or calculating that data with any degree of accuracy, so the numbers are conjecture.)

The comments are just the latest in a string of inflammatory remarks about immigrants.

In July, King told a conservative news site that not all children brought to the United States illegally are valedictorians and that “for every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

  • southtpa

    I can’t say how many have been killed but unless you have employed an illegal at sub-par wages then you have certainly been harmed by illegal immigration. I hope none of you believe the criminals who hire illegals are passing the savings on to you.

  • hippie1367

    The scum at Smith and Wesson kill more than Al Queda too and yet King has never said a word about it.

    • derekcrane

      …yes, and the holocaust kings at Ford, GM and Chrysler have killed far more. How did you develop your brilliance?

      • Joseph

        It’s the cutlery companies!! Stop the fork and spoon madness now!!

  • Leota2

    Well, about eighty-percent of all suicides by gun are committed by white males.
    So—- should we take the weapons from them so they can’t harm themselves? Don’t think Steve would go for that though.

    • derekcrane

      …and women overdose on prescription drugs. Perhaps we should keep all prescription away from women? Another brilliant moon bat.

    • Steve Tanton

      What has that got to do with illegal immigrants? (psst: nothing) Great logic Leota2.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    He’s right! Immigrants killed the Native Americans!
    Genocide, an American tradition since 1492.

    • Joseph

      Actually….other Indians were killing fellow Indians for long, LONG before that. But when that happens it can’t be genocide because there weren’t whites involved, right??

      • headlight

        The spread of European diseases for which native Americans had no immunity is estimated to have killed about 90% of the population art the time of first contact.

        • Joseph

          And your point is….No Europeans should have ever ever, ever come in contact with the small groups of nomadic natives migrating across the us? Wow.

          • headlight

            It certainly appeared that there were small groups of nomadic bands when many of the whites first met them — 90% of the original population was dead and the survivors in an essentially post-apocalyptic world may well have been reduced to gathering what they could to survive. Eastern tribes lived in villages and towns and were not nomadic, and had established agricultural practices. Many towns and villages were completely wiped out by epidemics.

            For instance, when the pilgrims arrived, they found deserted villages, likely the result of smallpox brought by European fishermen. They used fields cleared by the now dead indians using corn they plundered from native american graves, and were taught native cultivation practices by Squanto, who survived the epidemic, ironically, because he’d been kidnapped by earlier Englishmen to be sold into slavery.

            In any case — you entirely missed my point. You seem to equate skirmishes and wars between native tribes and nations with battles between whites and native Americans. But they are, indeed, fundamentally different, starting with the (inadvertent) European epidemics.

            Though there were numerous wars among tribes and a lot of battles and killing over the years, none compared to the wars that whites fought, entirely wiping out many tribes in the East. For instance, the Cherokee were a large nation that lived in towns, practiced agriculture, and had its own written language (and even had their own newspapers). Yet they were forced by government troops to march 800 miles on the trail of tears from their homes in the East to “indian territory” in Oklahoma to make room for white settlers who had obtained Georgia land titles for land the Indians had lived on for generations. In the 20th century this kind of action by a government was euphemistically called “ethnic cleansing.” About 4000 of the 16,000 Cherokees on the trail of tears died.

            That’s genocide. Are you clear on the concept now?

        • Brandy Baron

          Perhaps the native Americans should have had immigration laws (and enforced them) instead of helping the pilgrims survive the first winter here. It might have saved some of their population and their land. We should learn from their mistakes and save American lives by enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders… instead of aiding and betting the illegal alien invaders.

          • headlight

            I agree — we should not bet with alien invaders.

  • Ed Burns

    I do not know how many citizens are murdered by illegal aliens (I refuse to call them “immigrants or undocumented immigrants”). Senator King recognizes the harm they have done and still doing to our country, and I am sure he could have done a lot more to bring it to the attention of congress that they are not an economic necessity. The idea that a bunch of desperately poor, uneducated, unskilled, illegal foreigners are an economic necessity is ludicrous. In fact, when you compare cost vs. benefit, it is obvious that they are not only NOT a necessity; they are not even an asset. Rather, they are a liability and a huge one at that.

    It is not possible to round up and deport all the illegals and we don’t have to. All we have to do is remove the incentives that brought them here in the first place. No jobs. No housing. No services. No benefits. Once we remove the incentives that brought them here, they will leave on their own.

    The race baiters, the Socialist/Communist in Washington say Immigration control is racist and this is not true, its just another play of the race card by people who have no other cards to play. Immigration control is the world-wide status quo. There is nothing racist about it. Furthermore, the USA WELCOMES LEGAL IMMIGRANTS of all races and ethnicity from all over the world who have gone through the LEGAL immigration process. This is not just a bad argument, it is an attempt by this President and his Socialist Democratic administration and those in congress who have Socialist views to create hatred and division.

    No other country on Earth allows foreigners to come in illegally, work illegally, steal jobs from it’s citizens, break laws, commit crimes (serious crimes!), evade taxes, etc. etc. etc. And there are no rational reasons why we should either. There are only political reasons, and they aren’t rational.

    • bob

      One must not forget who paid for all the illegal immigrants to work for dirt cheap cash when this wave started. Hint: It wasn’t the 95% of us who had a better point of view of what this country should look and act like for the real working middle class.

    • headlight

      Steve King is not a senator. He could never be elected statewide in Iowa. He chickened out of running for the open senate seat because he knew Bruce Braley would win.

  • jplresearcher

    I would bet that number is correct just for California alone.

  • jplresearcher

    Oh, and the approved AP/Reuters language is now “innocent oppressed angels”, not “illegal aliens”.

  • Steve Tanton

    Brilliant writing Mr. Fuller…”inflammatory”? The truth is always inflammatory when it’s inconvenient, just as racism is anytime a conservative disagrees with a liberal minority.

  • Tahoeprogressive

    What King seems to forget is most of us are immigrants. Can he prove his ancestors came here ‘legally?’

    • Brandy Baron

      FYI… illegal aliens are NOT ‘immigrants’. We (and other countries) have an immigration process. People who respect our immigration laws and our borders go through our immigration process. Those people are ‘immigrants’. People who don’t respect our immigration laws, borders and process are nothing but illegal alien invaders. BIG difference.
      The Native Americans didn’t have immigration laws to enforce or an immigration process to require people to go through. I can’t say for sure about all other ancestors but people coming here when there were no immigration laws couldn’t be here illegally so they’re clear.

  • 44219

    The federal government has no way of keeping track or calculating that data with any degree of accuracy my butt………….. they can track it if the want to……………………check this out……… what the Congress allows

  • 44219
  • rschiel50

    I’d like to see the actual source of these numbers he’s bantering about. Until then, it’s just hearsay-and that’s not good enough for me.

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