Actor and TV personality Mario Lopez could find himself in hot water with border patrol officials after confessing his father used to smuggle illegal aliens over the border from Mexico to make extra cash when he was young.
The former Saved By the Bell star was promoting his new autobiography on The Ellen Degeneres Show when he revealed all about his family’s immigration-dodging secrets.
Asked about his upbringing, the Mexican-American star said, “I was born in Chula Vista, (California), which is the border town to Tijuana, (Mexico), and I’m a child of immigrants. My dad did what he had to do to take care of us.
“Often times when we’d take little trips across the border – and this was obviously pre-9/11 – we’d come back right away. He’d pull over and he’d open the trunk and sometimes people would come out.
“I was like, ‘Alright!’ I didn’t think much of it as a kid. Then I got older, it kinda dawned on me (what was going on).”