Highway Patrol Investigating Whether Hispanics from Arkansas are Legal

HANNIBAL, MO - The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating whether nearly two dozen Hispanic men from Arkansas working on a construction project at a cement plant in Hannibal, Missouri, are illegal immigrants.

Working on a tip, patrol officers were called yesterday to Continental Cement.  None of the approximately 20 workers were arrested or jailed, and all were allowed to continue working while their names are checked with immigration officials.

The workers are with Schueck Steel of Little Rock, Arkansas.  They are helping build a new kiln.

Continental Vice President Tom Beck says he is surprised at the event because the construction site is regularly visited by federal regulators.  Calls to Schueck were not returned.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)