Poverty endures in a Texas colonia

by Nicole Bengiveno

Judy Vargas, 28, with her son Isaac, 5, lives in a trailer with her three children, her grandmother, and at times other relatives in Gardendale, a colonia near Cotulla, Tex. Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/New York Times

GARDENDALE, Tex. — From the window of her tin-roofed trailer, Judy Vargas can glimpse a miraculous world. It is as close as the dust kicked up by the trucks barreling by but seems as distant as Mars.