New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler is featured in a new documentary about gay couples kept apart because of their immigration status.

In the film, titled Law Dividing Love and produced by Jackie Linge, Nadler talks about the need for gay-inclusive immigration reform.

“Because we don't have gay marriage, a gay couple or a lesbian couple are not married and therefore if one is a foreigner cannot sponsor that person to come to this country under the immigration law,” Nadler says. “When you get a situation where two partners – two lovers – are kept apart. And that's cruel. It is gratuitously cruel. And by gratuitously cruel, I mean cruel for no rational or necessary purpose.”

Also appearing in the film is Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, a group that lobbies on behalf of gay immigrants.

“We know from the 2000 census that approximately 36,000 LGBT bi-national couples were living in the United States,” she says. “It's a lot of gay people to be really suffering only because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.”

Nadler is the sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a bill that would allow gay Americans to sponsor an immigrant partner for citizenship.

The UAFA has been tucked inside several comprehensive immigration reform proposals to the consternation of social conservatives who have called the measure a back door to gay marriage.

“It tries to redefine traditional marriage. I can't support that,” Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz told Fox News.

“Simply if one of us was a man we would be getting married and I would have a green card based on that,” says Nadine in the film. “We cannot even get married. We cannot actually marry because they are going to take my visa away and kick me out the U.S. if we do that.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The prospects of altering the immigration law look bleak after voters handed over the reins of the House to Republicans and increased the number of Republicans in the Senate on November 2.