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Immigrants are released from detention through a 'catch and release' immigration policy on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on Wednesday arrested 280 technology repair employees in Allen, Texas, in what authorities say is one of the largest ICE enforcement and worksite raid actions of its kind in 10 years, the AP reports.

Driving the news: ICE said that the CVE Technology employees were working in the country illegally, but "did not release details of who was detained." As of last month, ICE was reportedly holding more than 50,000 allegedly undocumented immigrants in prisons throughout the U.S. — an all-time high and an increase of 2,000 people since January.

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Scoop: Joe Biden's COVID-19 bubble

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The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Netflix tops 200 million global subscribers

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Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth-quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.

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