Jackson Heights Chronicles

When Crossing the Border Isn't Enough
Author(s): Orlando Tobon
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00564027
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781416523215
Publisher: Atria Books
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From his small travel agency tucked away in an area of New York City known as Little Colombia, the "Godfather of Jackson Heights" does far more than make travel arrangements. Fernando PadrOn is a social service fixer to many of the tens of thousands of Latino immigrants living in his neighborhood. Tax accountant, job hunter, fund-raiser, and missing persons detective are just some of his roles. Fernando also earned the title of Undertaker for the Mules after helping families repatriate the remains of the dozens who die every year smuggling drugs into New York when drug-filled capsules in their stomachs explode. The riveting experiences shared in this collection of connected stories are based on the author's life. In scenes at once fascinating, inspiring, and heartbreaking, Orlando TobOn reveals not only what it means to be an immigrant, but also what it means to be an American.