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Immigrants are released from detention through a 'catch and release' immigration policy in 2018 in Texas. Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is due to start raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families Sunday, the New York Times reports, citing 2 current Homeland Security officials and 1 person who used to work there.

The big picture: Thursday's report comes after Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli told reporters Wednesday the raids would "absolutely" happen. Trump said last month he would delay what he called the "Illegal Immigration Removal Process," referencing the planned mass ICE raids, at the request of Democrats.

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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."

The Mischief Makers

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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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Obama speechwriter fears Biden unity drive is one-sided

Cody Keenan (right) is shown heading to Marine One in December 2009. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."