Nicole Malliotakis Criticizes AOC For Silence On Gang Member’s Arrest

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis has publicly criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her lack of response to the arrest of a Venezuelan gang member who allegedly shot two NYPD officers. Malliotakis tweeted, “Hey Baby Girl, two cops were shot in your district by an illegal immigrant who we NOW find out is a Venezuelan gang member being housed in a hotel at our constituents’ expense and you still have NOTHING to say about it?? Really?” along with a New York Post headline about the incident.

As reported by The Post, the suspect, 19-year-old Bernardo Castro Mata, entered the United States illegally in 2023 and benefitted from a Biden administration “mass amnesty” program that dismissed his case. Mata, a member of the Tren de Aragua gang, was living in a migrant shelter hotel. He was charged for his alleged role in the Monday shooting of the officers and has been implicated in several violent robberies in May.

Mata’s criminal activities include two snatch-and-grab robberies using scooters. In one incident, he and an accomplice robbed a woman on Bruckner Boulevard and Buhre Avenue in The Bronx, stealing her purse and displaying a gun. Another incident involved Mata shoplifting in Queens and pulling out a gun when confronted by security.

Although he has been charged for the shooting, Mata has not yet faced charges for the robberies. The rise in gang activity among undocumented immigrants has become a significant issue as the southern border sees increased crossings. Immigration remains a primary concern for voters, creating political challenges for President Joe Biden as he seeks re-election against former President Donald Trump.