“The Harvard Law School is getting a bad reputation. It turns out that their most famous graduate has a problem obeying the law,” Jindal said in the statement.
As the Associated Press reports: the U.S. Justice Department had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a Texas judge who agreed to temporarily block the president’s plan in February, after 26 states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama’s action was unconstitutional. Two of the three judges on the court panel voted to deny the government’s request.
“The President’s justification for his latest unlawful gambit was simply that he was tired of waiting for Congress to act. Apparently, the Court did not find the President being tired to be a compelling reason for him to act in an unlawful manner,” said Jindal, who has frequently taken aim at the president’s November executive action on immigration that would shield millions of immigrant illegally residing in the United States.
Jindal’s recent decision to issue his “Marriage and Conscience Order” — just hours after a House panel killed similar legislation — had some critics noting Jindal’s comments about Obama’s executive actions while issuing his own. Jindal said that the difference was that his order, which seeks to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage, was needed to uphold the Constitution (Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2011). He said he views Obama’s as violating the constitution. Jindal said he supports the executive order authority.