De Blasio says Biden 'absolutely' has to answer for Obama-era ICE deportations

De Blasio says Biden 'absolutely' has to answer for Obama-era ICE deportations
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE said on Sunday that fellow Democratic White House hopeful Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE should "absolutely" answer for the deportation of undocumented immigrants during the Obama administration. 

"Let's be honest, I think there’s a lot of issues where Democrats and Republicans, unfortunately, have some responsibility for the problems," de Blasio told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperDefense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Schiff says he wants to speak with constituents before deciding on impeachment MORE Sunday on "State of the Union." 

"That was a  mistake, in the end what we needed a very different approach," he added. 


De Blasio also said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's plan to deport undocumented immigrants in mass U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids are an attempt to further "divide Americans." 

Trump has said the raids will begin Sunday. 

But while criticizing Trump's approach to the issue, de Blasio said the Obama administration, and therefore Biden, who served as vice president, has to answer for its approach to undocumented immigration. 

When asked by Tapper if Biden should answer for the rates of deportation under the Obama administration, de Blasio said “absolutely.”

"Democrats often been scared of their own shadows," de Blasio said, adding that too often members of his party listen to "attacks on Fox News." 

He said Democrats have made mistakes and will have to face a "moment of truth" to "decide who we are." 

--This report was updated at 9:56 a.m.