South Texas landowners divided over Gov. Greg Abbott’s border wall

The view of the Rio Grande River from Gerardo Vargas' property on June 23, 2021.

Wall plan has support among some landowners

Shifting political tides on the border

Gerardo Vargas points towards the land on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River. June 23, 2021.

“The greatest land grab in modern American history”

Ruins of a settlement called Rancho Dolores dating back to 1757 sit on Gerardo Vargas' property near the Rio Grander River. …