My life as a Mexican-American

Updated 10:53 AM ET, Wed March 4, 2015
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Juan Rocha wonders what life would be like if his father had never come to the United States from Mexico. Juan Rocha/CNN iReport
His father, Herminio Rocha, was a teenager when he picked crops as part of a U.S. work visa program in 1959. Juan Rocha/CNN iReport
After arriving in San Antonio, Texas, the Rochas expanded their family. Juan is shown here with some of his 11 siblings in the early '90s. Juan Rocha/CNN iReport
Rocha smiles at the moment he first met his son, Juanito, in 2009. Juan Rocha/CNN iReport
Herminio holds his grandson in 2011. "My father has always worked with his hands and this picture captures the roughness and contour of his hands as well as the sweet innocence of my son." Juan Rocha/CNN iReport
Rocha poses with his father, who is now 70, at church in 2014. Juan Rocha/CNN iReport
Leyah and Juanito take a photo with their grandparents, Herminio and Juanita. Herminio immigrated from Mexico in 1959. Juan Rocha/CNN iReport