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

Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzLee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences MORE (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), called President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 HoyerDemocrats give Trump trade chief high marks Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (D-Md.) said it was “very unfortunate” that the administration was weighing the move, and Rep. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaSteyer group targeting 12 congressional Democrats over impeachment Dems demand documents on Trump 'sanctuary city' plan Wasserman Schultz: 'We need a President, not a comic book villain' 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.