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Matias Ferreira, center, celebrates with his 2-year-old daughter, his wife, left, and his mother during his graduation from the Suffolk County Police Department Academy at the Health, Sports and Education Center in Suffolk, Long Island, New York, on Friday.

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Double amputee, Marine veteran sworn-in as N.Y. police officer

AP DOUBLE AMPUTEE POLICE OFFICER A USA NY

Matias Ferreira, center, celebrates with his 2-year-old daughter, his wife, left, and his mother during his graduation from the Suffolk County Police Department Academy at the Health, Sports and Education Center in Suffolk, Long Island, New York, on Friday.

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Gunshots fired in burglary of store at Bellagio in Las Vegas

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Some sheriffs dispute claim they're not cooperating with immigration officials

CLOSE Some sheriffs dispute claim they're not cooperating with immigration officials
Some sheriffs dispute claim they're not cooperating with immigration officials

Marielda Moreno, 32, is a U.S. citizen living in Des Moines but the father of her children is undocumented. He was picked up by immigration officials on March 2, 2017. Video by Zachary Boyden-Holmes and MacKenzie Elmer Wochit

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Thousands gather Feb. 16, 2017, at the Iowa Capitol grounds in Des Moines during the Day Without Immigrants march. (Photo: Byron Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register)

DES MOINES — Four Iowa sheriffs are among officials across the USA who are questioning the accuracy of a Department of Homeland Security report that lists jurisdictions refusing to cooperate with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants.

An executive order that President Trump signed in January prompted the government to document jurisdictions not cooperating with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

The first list was released Monday, citing 206 examples of immigrants that local jails supposedly released from custody despite requests from federal agents. The requests, often called "detainers," have taken on a greater role in the immigration debate under Trump, who opposes local policies that grant leniency to people in the country illegally.

The top five counties nationwide for Jan. 28 to Feb. 3:

1. Clark County, Nev., which has Las Vegas as its largest city, 51.
2. Nassau County, N.Y., on Long Island just east of Queens, 38.
3. Cook County, Ill., which has Chicago as its largest city, 13.
4. Montgomery County, Iowa, population 10,000, about 45 miles southeast of Omaha, Neb., 12.
5. Snohomish County,  Wash., just north of Seattle, 12.

"These counties have a policy of noncooperation," according to the report, which said the denials of immigration holds took place that week although the arrests occurred as early as 2014. Also in the top 10 was Franklin County, Iowa, — another 10,000-resident county but about 90 miles north of Des Moines — that the report said denied five requests to tie for No. 8.

But Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson and Franklin County Sheriff Linn Larson, both Republicans, said their departments did not receive any detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement during that period.

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"If we get a detainer, we hold them," Sampson said. "I don’t know how the hell we made the list."

Sampson said no one from ICE has contacted his department since October. Larson said his department has proactively flagged ICE to check the immigration status of five people since the start of the year.

“If we get a detainer, we hold them. I don’t know how the hell we made the list.”

Sheriff Joe Sampson, Montgomery County, Iowa

Shawn Neudauer, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said Thursday that his agency is standing by its information.

"These are jurisdictions that at some point in the past have declared themselves to be noncompliant with ICE detainers," Neudauer said.

Counties that disagree with the reported information will be instructed to take it up with

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