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 Blasio2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage MORE said on Sunday that fellow Democratic White House hopeful Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time 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 Tapper2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist CNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet Trump's tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party 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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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.