“‘Til Uncle Sam Do Us Part” is a magazine article published in The Advocate, September 14, 1999, referring to the cases of several people who have had problems with the immigration and naturalization process in the United States. The problems faced by the real people mentioned in this article are not due to a flaw in the immigration and naturalization system of the country. Rather, the people in the article realize that the United States laws must be strictly followed, and there is no opportunity to reverse the laws. As an example, Bernd is a 42-year-old German whose work visa is expiring. Hence, “he must leave behind the private-school students he teaches in the San Francisco Bay area—as well as Tim, his American partner of eight years.”
There is no room for emotions in the naturalization process in the United States. Laws have no place for emotions. According to the author of “‘Til Uncle Sam Do Us Part,” Bernd is one of the thousands of men and women who are trapped in “an immigration nightmare.” These people have contributed to America’s society and economy for a number of years. Yet, it is very difficult for them to become permanent citizens of the nation they have come to love. The article also mentions homosexuals and the difficulties they face in marrying their American partners, because the U.S. law does not make them eligible to become permanent residents and start gay married lives in the nation. Therefore, lovers who cannot find a way to settle in the United States must move to other nations if it is possible for them to do so.