The phrase, "that class of people" was spoken by Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce in an interview on Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO. Pearce sponsored SB 1070, and made it his mission to leave a legacy. He seemed to be referring to illegal immigrants, namely Mexicans, whose violent crime rate is said to be twice as high as the Native American crime rate. He wasn't referring, I don't think, to all Mexicans. He also had no problem passing on an email that he received to stop the "anchor baby racket." The constitutional issue seems to be the interpretation with respect to citizenship of the meaning of "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" in the 14th Amendment. Senator Pearce seeks re-election this year, and he'll undoubtedly win. He also seeks the Legislature's President of the Senate leadership position, and will probably get it.
Yet, SB 1070 also addresses the hiring of Mexican laborers, who simply hang out on certain intersections where they can be picked up to earn a living working as day laborers. They are not drug dealers or violent criminals, why would a drug dealer or violent criminal be looking for day work? And then there's Sheriff Joe Arpaio, everybody should know Sheriff Joe by now, who does his "raids" in predominantly Mexican areas, because, as he says, that's where the illegals are. But, I haven't heard of any employer being arrested for hiring illegals, which is also against the law. Somehow police enforcement, and the tipsters who phone in the illegal violators, can spot these illegals, but the employers seem deaf, dumb and blind. Is any illegal going to tell others, "Hola muchachos, soy inmigrante ilegal" (remember, illegals are not supposed to know English).
Now, I am not against protecting our borders from illegal aliens, especially drug runners and violent criminals, but does that require harming innocent people like the children of illegal aliens? Separating them from their parents? Many of these parents, the media reports, are illegal by virtue of expired visas and not their illegal entry. Some 5 million expired-visa-holding aliens are still here in America.