He said believes that there is a distinction between those who have been here their entire lives through no action of their own, and those who purposefully break the law and enter the country illegally.
"Congress never passed the DREAM Act law and that's because, frankly, Congress wants to keep the very sympathetic DREAM Act kids lumped in with the less-sympathetic knowing illegal aliens," Kavanagh said.
While the DREAM Act remains in limbo, Daniel and other activists have made a strong attempt to write to their local legislators as part of their mission to prevent the bill from being forgotten.
He continues to rally support for the movement by speaking at local engagements, although never revealing his last name. But inspired by the principles of the DREAM Act, he has no reservations about sharing his ultimate ambition.
"I will, one day, be the governor of Arizona," Daniel said. "My mom didn't waste her efforts in order for me to not do something with my life."
ABCNews.com contributors Maxine Park and Lindsey Reiser are members of the Arizona State University ABC News on Campus bureau.