Canadian Girl Guides to Cancel US Visits After Trump Travel Ban

  • Canadian Girl Guides to Cancel US Visits After Trump Travel Ban

Canadian Girl Guides to Cancel US Visits After Trump Travel Ban

In the release, the Guides expressed concern some of its members may be banned from entering the United States.

Girl Guides spokeswoman Sarah Kiriliuk said the decision is a preventative measure.

"This just speaks to the Girl Guides of Canada and our commitment to inclusivity", Kiriliuks said.

It said the organization values providing safe, inclusive and accepting experiences to its members, including when travelling. The group cited uncertainty about the ability of all of its members to enter the country.

The statement says provincial advisers on worldwide travel will contact a small number of groups that were already approved for trips to the United States about how they should proceed. The decision affects not only trips to the United States but also includes trips where connecting flights are made at an American airport.

The group offers camping trips and activities for girls and young women from ages five to 17. "Our primary goal was to reduce the risk of our members encountering difficulties at the border and ensuring that no girl is left behind".

Under the ban, citizens from six different Muslim-majority countries may not be allowed in the United States under certain circumstances.

Canadian schools are also considering cancelling trips to the U.S. The notice doesn't specifically mention President Trump's travel ban, but the message applies directly to the current immigration situation.

She explained that trips are planned months in advance and it would be disappointing if anyone got to the border and was turned away.

Students in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, participate in many global trips, but superintendent Ted Fransen said the recent decision to cancel one was made easily.

Despite great relationships between his school district and those in Washington, Oregon and California, he says the new travel restrictions imposed by the Trump administration are heightening fears that Muslim or immigrant Canadian students might be stopped at the border, and that's putting all school trips in jeopardy. Blocking travellers and refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, the new ban continues to face legal action.