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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the MS-13 gang could be designated as a terrorist organization, reports the Hill.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Sessions whether he thinks the designation would be helpful, to which the AG said “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.
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, according to the Hill. “We’re not going to allow them to take over a block, a corner of our communities and terrorize people with this violence.”
The AG blamed open borders and lax immigration enforcement for the growth of the Salvadoran crime gang, reported the Hill.
“We cannot allow this to continue. We will secure our border, expand immigration enforcement and choke off supply lines,” said Sessions, per the Hill.
The Hill explained that MS-13 is the U.S.-based arm of Salvadoran crime gang Mara Salvatrucha. Its members 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.
The government of El Salvador already considers MS-13 to be a terror organization, explained the Hill.