BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY – 04/19/17 08:19 AM EDT
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the MS-13 gang could be designated as a terrorist organization.
Asked by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Tuesday whether he thinks the designation would be helpful, Sessions replied, “I think so, perhaps. I believe it could qualify for that.”
“There are rules that I guess the State Department does to establish that,” he added. El Salvador has already designated MS-13 a terrorist group.
Sessions called the gang “one of the most violent gangs in the history of our country.”
“We can devastate this gang. We’re going after them,” he said. “We’re not going to allow them to take over a block, a corner of our communities and terrorize people with this violence.”
“We cannot allow this to continue. We will secure our border, expand immigration enforcement and choke off supply lines,” said Sessions.
Members of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, are known for their violent methods and fierce gang loyalty. According to the National Gang Intelligence Center, MS-13 has more than 10,000 members in the United States, and more than 30,000 worldwide.