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In this March 26, 2012 photo, an inmate belonging to the Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 gang stands inside the prison in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador.  Six months after El Salvador brokered an historic truce between two rival gangs to curb the nation's daunting homicide rate, officials are split over whether the truce actually works. The gangs, which also operate in Guatemala and Honduras, are seeking truce talks in those countries as well. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)

Jeff Sessions said the MS-13 gang could be designated as a terrorist organization


Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday the gang MS-13 could be designated a terrorist organization.

President Trump tweeted about the gang on Tuesday, claiming without evidence the Obama administration made the gang stronger.

Sessions said it was not within his power to designate a group a terrorist organization, as that is up to the State Department, but it may be helpful to do so.

Here are Trump's recent tweets about MS-13.

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Ernesto Yuri Polanco , a member of Mara Salvatrucha, MS 13, accused of homicide, covers his face as he is presented by the police in San Salvador , Tuesday, March 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)

MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by Central American immigrants. It has more than 10,000 U.S. members and 30,000 members worldwide. The FBI has tracked it closely since at least 2004.

We can devastate this gang. We're going after them.
Jeff Sessions

Sessions and the Trump administration as a whole have touted border security as a solution to the growth of gangs like MS-13. He called MS-13 "one of the most violent gangs in the history of our country." 

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