“There are rules that I guess the State Department does to establish that,” he added. El Salvador‘s government 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.
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.