A FATHER'S ANGELS: An Arizona Father's New Memoir Highlights the Human Side of the Immigration Debate
PHOENIX, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- John Waldron had not intended to hire an illegal alien, or several for that matter, but he needed help in caring for his two young sons and wanted to hire a Spanish-speaking caregiver. In a newly released memoir entitled A Father's Angels, the Phoenix resident shares his experiences adopting two boys, one through the State of Arizona and another from Guatemala, and the more than decade-long relationship with four Mexican nannies who showered unconditional love and support. The book's arrival is timely. This week's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates much of Arizona's controversial immigration legislation, SB 1070, but still requires law enforcement officers to check the identity of any resident suspected of being in the country illegally.
The book highlights first-hand the motivations of those crossing the border illegally and the complexities of day-to-day living. Each of these women became an integral part of Waldron's family and the book clearly demonstrates shared values regardless of culture. Raw, gripping and utterly redemptive, A Father's Angels provides an alternative voice to the current national debate while paying homage to these courageous women and their families.
It's estimated by the Department of Homeland Security that there are 11.5 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S.; more than 50 percent of these residents come from Mexico. Regardless of a mounting law enforcement presence, hundreds without documents pass through the country's southern borders each month -- many will cross through Arizona. Experts agree that many more illegal residents go unreported, leaving the true numbers well above any official data. Waldron's book further humanizes these numbers and the immigration debate.
A Father's Angels goes beyond simple stories of a single gay father with two boys and speaks to the true meaning of life. Shared through several unlikely teachers, Waldron's story provides a unique and genuine perspective on the immigration debate while providing invaluable life lessons on what it means to be family.
Paulina was the first. She was indeed big, large by every stretch of the imagination. Dressed in an oversized t-shirt and full cotton skirt, her size was immediately appealing to me as my peanut-sized son was lost in her embrace. Carmen followed, Mormon bible in hand, her mission to bring order to our home. Ana, ever the playmate, came and went too quickly. And finally, there was Rosa, who not only brought her love and compassion for my two boys, but her family as well.
Waldron, along with his partner and two sons, resides in Phoenix, Arizona. A Father's Angels is Waldron's first book and is now available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Visit https://johnstevenwaldron.com for more information about the author and his blog.
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