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What it Means to Be Undocumented in California

What it Means to Be Undocumented in California

We call her Juana – she can't risk using her real name. She came to the United States in 2006, fleeing the terrifying violence in El Salvador that left many of her family members dead. Here in America she lives with a different kind of fear – not of murderous gangs, but of being discovered. Juana is one of 2.6 million undocumented immigrants living in California, and being deported would mean leaving her husband and two young children behind.

As part of a new series about how California is dealing with the Trump administration's hardline approach to immigration, Capital & Main reporter Aura Bogado spent time with Juana, watching her "calculate and recalculate even the smallest decisions in her life" in an effort to remain undetected. Co-published by The American Prospect.

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