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

Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzOn The Money: Businesses plead for states to enforce mask mandates | Trump tax returns unlikely before November | June deficit sets record at 4 billion Eye on gavel, Wasserman Schultz proposes panel on racial inequality in spending House panel advances bill banning construction on bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), called President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities 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 Hoyer70 progressive groups call for next Foreign Affairs chair to reflect 'progressive realism' House to vote next week on ridding Capitol of Confederate statues Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze MORE (D-Md.) said it was “very unfortunate” that the administration was weighing the move, and Rep. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaCriminalization that never should have been: Cannabis Man arrested, charged with threatening to attack Muslims in Germany Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California 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.