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Gov. Greg Abbott wants to build a border wall. South Texas landowners are divided over whether they want it.

Some landowners who sued the Trump administration say they aren't "just going to roll over and give up" now that Abbott has taken on a border wall project. Others say a wall is needed to protect people and property on the border.

Gerardo Vargas stands on his favorite cliff overlooking the Rio Grande River on June 23, 2021.
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. …

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