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Migrant teen struggles to navigate high school as she awaits her fate




Migrant teenager Jennifer Cruz is one of thousands of migrant youth waiting for the resolution of her legal case, while trying to fit in at school in California.
Migrant teenager Jennifer Cruz is one of thousands of migrant youth waiting for the resolution of her legal case, while trying to fit in at school in California.
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The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican border has fallen off dramatically since the summer.

But thousands are still here in California, waiting.

Lawmakers want money to pay for legal support for Central American kids, one of whom is Jennifer Cruz. She fled gang violence in El Salvador and now lives with her older sister south of San Francisco; she's also struggling to fit in at high school. Her sister, Yesenia has been struggling to pay the bills.

The California Report's Ana Tintocalis pays a second visit to the sisters.