Girl Guides of Canada said Monday that they cancel all trips to the United States after Trump's Travel Ban citing fears at the two countries' border.

The organization, which is Canada's equivalent of the Girl Scouts, released a statement Monday saying it decided to cancel future trips to the United States until further notice due to uncertainty over whether all of its members would equally be allowed to enter the US. The scouting organization, which frequently arranges trips to the US, worried some girls could get left behind when a group tried to enter the US, CBC reports.

President Donald Trump has said he wants to keep "bad hombres" out of the US. Issued March 6, Trump's revised executive order blocks most travel to the US for 90 days by citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. It also suspends admission of refugees for 120 days.

National manager of marketing and communications for Girl Guides of Canada, Sarah Kiriliuk, says organisation has diverse membership and wants “to make sure that no girl gets left behind.” The decision comes after a string of reports that Canadians have been turned away at the border.

"Girl Guides is a very inclusive and diverse organization"

"Girl Guides is a very inclusive and diverse organization," spokeswoman Sarah Kiriliuk said. "It is part of our mandate and it is very important to the fabric of our organization to be inclusive and diverse. And we wanted to make sure we could extend that to all aspects of our organization — which includes girls that are traveling.”

"In this case, girls that were traveling across the border would not have that opportunity, it would not have been an inclusive and diverse opportunity for them,” she added.

A nationally sponsored trip to a camp in California that was scheduled for this summer is being relocated.

"There's a lot of other places to see in the world"

Kiriliuk said the organization is still encouraging international travel. "There's a lot of other places to see in the world,'' she says, adding the organization is part of an international network with partners in India, Switzerland, Mexico and other countries.

The organisation is not the first to stop children's trips to the United States. Following the first executive order issued by President Trump, travel analysts found that bookings to the U.S. from many regions had fallen sharply. Canadian schools are grappling with the same decision. Several schools debated going ahead with trips south of the border.

A Winnipeg junior high school cancelled a trip by its track team to Minnesota in January because it wasn't certain all students would be able to cross the border. Ted Fransen, the superintendent, said the recent decision to cancel one was made easily.

The Greater Essex County school board in south-western Ontario decided in February to cancel a handful of trips over concerns of equity and safety.


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