Once-popular swap market struggling due to illegal immigration fight

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MESA – A popular East Valley swap market is closing down Wednesday and it appears as though the fight against illegal immigration is the reason.

The Fiesta Marketplace in Mesa has only been open since last fall but Jose Barbosa, the man in charge of leasing at the marketplace, says the place has lost too much money following the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office raid at a nearby McDonald's restaurant.

Barbosa says, “This event that happened outside in the McDonalds place. The sheriff came and did a raid and then people got scared. Not only the shoppers, but the vendors."

He also says Arizona's new immigration law was also a cause for people to stay away from the marketplace.