No more United States of America trips for the Girl Guides of Canada


No more United States of America trips for the Girl Guides of Canada

The Girls Guides of Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the Girl Scouts of America, has put a pause on all future trips to the U.S. "And we wanted to make sure we could extend that to all aspects of our organization - which includes girls that are traveling".

This decision was not made lightly.

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

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, said a statement from the organization.

The group's ban on travel to the US includes any flights that have a connection through an American airport.

"Girl Guides is a very inclusive and diverse organization", spokeswoman Sarah Kiriliuk told the CBC.

Although the scouting organisation does not directly reference US President Donald Trump's newly-announced revised travel ban, it cites "uncertainty" over the ability of members to enter the US.

President Trump's new executive order on travel, which will take effect on Thursday if it is not stayed, blocks most travel to the US for 90 days by citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) noted recently that one poll they conducted showed 47 percent of European business travel professionals expected some sort of reduction of travel to the US for their companies in the wake of the ban.

The group pointed to the uncertainty of all of its members being allowed to cross the US border as the main reason.

A court injunction blocked that order, but Trump issued a second order temporarily banning travel from six predominantly Islamic countries.

The Girl Guides have changed the nationally sponsored summer trip to a camp in California to an alternate destination.

All of this activity has caused confusion at some Canada-U.S. border points which resulted in some Canadian citizens of Muslim heritage having been refused entry.



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