Iowa Congressman Steve King is again in the national spotlight for his comments on immigration.
The most recent comments came on Friday during an event in Omaha.
The event was intended to support victims of crimes including Louise Sollowin. The 93-year-old was raped and beaten in her Omaha home in July and later died.
Police charged a 19-year-old Mexican native who is in the country illegally.
Rep. King says if the US enforced its laws Sollowin's death would have been prevented.
The District 4 Republican described an exchange during an immigration subcommittee in Washington.
“I asked each witness this and when I got to [anti-immigration campaigner] Mike Cutler how many Americans died at the hands of those who got into the US Illegally; he said ‘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? When you think about the multiples of the victims of September 11th - 3,000 times something,” King recounted.
King says the violent crime rate is higher in all countries south of the US except Chile.
Earlier this year, Rep. King described young illegal immigrants as having "calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."