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"Abolish ICE" protests have happened around the country. Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Republicans are allowing a vote on a Democratic bill to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to show the country "that it will not happen on the House Republican majority's watch," a senior GOP aide tells Axios.

Why it matters: Calling to abolish ICE has become Dems' rallying cry since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary. But with this vote, Republicans can use it as an issue to energize their base ahead of the November election.

Be smart: This is a base issue for both parties, and, to its core, the issue isn't even really about immigration reform. "There’s no incentive for legislative compromise because both sides see cultural and political advantage with keeping the rhetoric up on immigration," said Brent McGoldrick, CEO of Republican research firm Deep Root Analytics.

Yes, but: The hot-button issue of immigration is dividing Democrats more than uniting them, and holding an official vote on the House floor will force Dem members to go on the record with where they stand. "The liberal wing of the party is eating their own," the GOP source added.

  • CNN reports House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that the goal of bringing an ICE bill to the floor for a vote is to simply "have a debate about it." It's not yet known when the vote will happen.

Go deeper: Top Democrats see danger on the party's calls to abolish ICE.

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Updated 12 mins ago - World

Biden reviews U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Trump struck several large arms deals with Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has put on hold two big arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which were approved in the final weeks of the Trump administration, a State Department official told Axios.

Why it matters: The sales of F-35 jets and attack drones to the UAE and a large supply of munitions to Saudi Arabia will be paused pending a review. That signals a major policy shift from the Trump era, and may herald sharp tensions with both Gulf countries.

Trump supporter found with pipe bombs accused of plot to attack Democrats

Five improvised explosive devices that the FBI says "were fully operational and could cause great bodily harm or injury if handled improperly." Photo: FBI/Justice Department

The FBI believes California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and the Bay Area headquarters of Twitter and Facebook were targets of a man facing federal explosives charges, according to a criminal complaint.

Driving the news: Prosecutors charged Ian Benjamin Rogers after finding weapons including five pipe bombs, 49 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition following a Jan. 15 search of his Napa County home and auto repair business. His alleged goal was to ensure former President Trump remained in office.

4 hours ago - Health

Fauci: COVID vaccine rollout needs to prioritize people of color

Anthony Fauci. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."