When I asked the name of the area, an agent replied, "It's called Crucifixion Thorn.
In the spirituality of the immigrants, Altar, Tohono O'odham, and Crucifixion Thorn are geographical stations on a dangerous and cosily journey of sacrifice, asceticism, and the cross.
In what follows I will argue that this image, which Lassalle-Klein correctly asserts has found broad resonance with global Christians interested in the "option for the poor," (32) is a suitable theological metaphor for speaking about the arduous journey of undocumented Mexican immigants through Altar, Tohono O'odham, and Crucifixion Thorn.
In such habitats, smaller trees and shrubs such as mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), Wright's acacia (Acacia wrightii), Texas persimmon (Diospyros texana), lotebush (Ziziphus obtusifolia), crucifixion thorn
(Koeberlinia spinosa) and snake eyes (Phaulothamnus spinescens) are common (Vora 1990; scientific names are from Lonard et al.
5 meters, is comprised of widely-spaced mesquite separated by bare ground and/or patches of lechuguilla, prickly pear, crucifixion thorn
, composites, mixed grasses, and forbs growing in calcareous soil, an assemblage that is typical of a 'succulent desert' (Gehlbach, 1979).