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

Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzTop health official Fauci: People in US not easily getting coronavirus testing 'is a failing' Sanders poised for big Super Tuesday Establishment Democrats rallying behind Biden MORE (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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 HoyerDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Lysol, disinfecting wipes and face masks mark coronavirus vote in House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington MORE (D-Md.) said it was “very unfortunate” that the administration was weighing the move, and Rep. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaActivists, analysts demand Congress consider immigrants in coronavirus package Hillicon Valley: HHS hit by cyberattack amid coronavirus outbreak | Senators urge FCC to shore up internet access for students | Sanders ramps up Facebook ad spending | Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadline House Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadline 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.