COSTA MESA — Carlota Lortez didn't know if police came knocking, she has the right to not allow them in unless they have a search warrant.
After living in the United States for 10 years, she first learned this Thursday during a community forum in Costa Mesa on immigrants' rights.
"I'm happy to know that," she said in Spanish translated by Benito Acosta, a resident who unsuccessfully sued Costa Mesa and Mayor Allan Mansoor after he was stopped from speaking during a council meeting a few years ago. "I have kids who were born here and if police came to my house, my kids will know through me that unless they have a search warrant, they can't come in."
The community forum organized at Shalimar Park by the Tonantzin Collective, a workers' rights group, came in response to Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, which went into effect the same day as the forum, but with a lot less force after a federal judge put a hold on its most controversial elements.