An illegal alien who crossed the border into Texas last year has been arrested for allegedly shooting two New York City police officers in Queens.

According to the NYPD, the illegal alien—named Bernardo Castro Mata—was piloting a moped headed the wrong direction on a one-way street in East Elmhurst. After police officers attempted to pull him over, he abandoned the vehicle, drew a firearm, and opened fire. 

One officer was reportedly struck in the chest and the other in his leg. “A senseless act of violence—a total disregard for life,” commented NYC Mayor Eric Adams at a press conference following the shooting. “Our officers responded with a level of discipline, a level of focus, a level of professionalism.”

Mata is currently 19 years old and was previously detained for attempting to jump the border at Eagle Pass in July 2023, though he was later released. 

The New York Post revealed that ICE sources confirmed Mata attended a hearing in Chicago on May 6 where an immigration judge closed his case. 

This latest case follows a trend of criminals who originate from Venezuela and commit acts of violence against Americans after illegally entering the U.S. by crossing the Texas border.

For example, a Venezuelan man was arrested on February 24 for ties to a drive-by shooting. He was released shortly afterward before being arrested again on March 11.

Adelvis Rodriguez-Carmona belonged to a transnational criminal gang called Tren de Aragua, which has its roots in the prison system. U.S. Border Patrol first encountered Rodriguez-Carmona near Eagle Pass in mid-summer of 2022. 

These are only a few of the illegal aliens who have been allowed to remain in the U.S. for so long as a result of President Biden’s open-border ploys—tactics which include abuse of the parole system. 

A recent report revealed the Department of Homeland Security failed to monitor and keep track of 77,000 Afghan parolees, leading Republicans on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee to comment on X, “If the Biden administration has no plan to handle 77,000 Afghan parolees, forget about them having a plan to remove 1.1 million inadmissible aliens paroled in via the CBP One and CHNV mass-parole schemes since last January.”

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.