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 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE said on Sunday that fellow Democratic White House hopeful Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Trump says Giuliani is still his lawyer Sondland to tell Congress 'no quid pro quo' from Trump: report 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 TapperSanford: 'I don't know' if I would vote for Trump in 2020 Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate Over 1,000 people attend funeral for veteran with no immediate family 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 TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China 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.