Canadian Girl Guides to Cancel US Visits After Trump Travel Ban
"We just looked at our organization and realized that we do have a lot of girls travelling and this was potentially creating a situation that would either be a risk for the group or would create an uncomfortable situation in the case that somebody did get turned back at the border", she said.
Girl Guides of Canada announced that the organization is canceling all U.S.travel in the near future, citing concerns over safety, border reentry, and inclusivity for all of its members.
"At Girl Guides of Canada, we know our members value the safe, inclusive and accepting space that Guiding provides", the statement reads.
In a joint statement by global commissioner Sharron Callahan and director of provincial operations Holly Thompson as reported by the CBC, the scouting organization notes that "While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is now uncertain".
"This was a very hard decision to make", the statement said.
The Girl Guides of Canada said in a letter to members it would not be approving any new trips to the United States until further notice.
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The organization also said a planned summer trip to a camp in California had been moved to a different location. "This is about delivering an inclusive and diverse program to our girls".
Students in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, participate in many worldwide trips, but superintendent Ted Fransen said the recent decision to cancel one was made easily.
The suspension includes short trips and all travel through U.S. airports.
Under the ban, citizens from six different Muslim-majority countries may not be allowed in the USA under certain circumstances.
A nationally sponsored trip to a camp in California that was scheduled for this summer is also being relocated to another global destination.
Canadian schools have also expressed concerns over the travel restrictions and how they will affect students on upcoming worldwide school trips.
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