Wasserman Schultz: 'We need a President, not a comic book villain'

Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzOn The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), called President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE a "comic book villain" in response to the president's immigration policy on Friday.

"What the president is intent on doing is using immigrants who are simply coming to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families as political weapons," Wasserman Schultz told CNN. "It is just outrageous when what we need to do is sit down at the table ... and adopt some sane, humane immigration policy."

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Her comments came after Trump said Friday that his administration is “giving strong considerations” to a controversial plan to release migrants into so-called sanctuary cities. His announcement broke with his own officials, who said earlier in the day that such a plan was not being seriously considered.

Wasserman Schultz criticized the plan, as well as Trump's "fake" national emergency declaration to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it a "seventh century solution to what can be solved with 21st century technology."

"The president has run amok and he is going to create dangerous situations," she continued. "It's outrageously irresponsible. We need a president, not a comic book villain."

Wasserman Schultz is the latest Democrat to speak out against the Trump administration's latest immigration moves. 

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTrump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown House passes stopgap as spending talks stall MORE (D-Md.) said it was “very unfortunate” that the administration was weighing the move, and Rep. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaFBI chief says racist extremists fueling one another, making connections overseas Hillicon Valley: Amazon poised to escalate Pentagon 'war cloud' fight | FCC's move to target Huawei garners early praise | Facebook sues Israeli firm over alleged WhatsApp hack | Blue Dog Dems push election security funding Blue Dog Democrats push Congress to fund state election security MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, compared the policy proposal to "throwing tantrums."

The president has intensified his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration in recent weeks and has grown increasingly frustrated with the spike in migrant families crossing the southern border.   

Last week, Trump threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border entirely. He has also proposed sending more troops to the southern border to assist Border Patrol.

Trump has defended his policy proposals, arguing there is a border crisis.