Girl Guides of Canada cancel U.S. trips due to border uncertainty

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"We know our members value the safe, inclusive and accepting space that Guiding provides".

In a statement late Monday, the group said the "ability of all our members to equally enter this country is now uncertain" - suggesting that Muslim or foreign-born members might face difficulties at US airports and border crossings.

With recent changes to USA border entry rules, Girl Guides of Canada determined it was important for us to closely re-examine our current travel program. Though the statement does not directly mention President Trump's recent travel ban, the Girl Guides decision to cancel appears to be in response to the ban.

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.

"This was a very hard decision to make", wrote Callahan and Thompson.

"Our priority is the safety and well being of students", Scantlebury told CBC News.

The Girl Guides aren't the most notable group or persons to cancel a trip to the USA since Trump's inauguration; that honor (probably) goes to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who backed out of a planned trip because of Trump's plan to spend billions of dollars building a wall between the two nations.

"We wanted to make sure there was zero risk", Kiriliuk said.

Travel is a unique part of the Girl Guide program and girls spend well over a year leading the planning and fundraising for their travel experiences.

Several states have already announced legal challenges against the new order, while more than 130 foreign policy experts sent a letter condemning the travel ban. After being struck down by the courts, another executive order was signed.

Under the new ban, all nationals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen would be blocked from obtaining visas to enter the United States for at least the next 90 days.

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.