Girl Guides of Canada suspend travel to US

The scouting organisation suggests the "ability of all our members to equally enter" the US is currently uncertain

Girl Guides of Canada suspend travel to US

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The Girl Guides of Canada have suspended travel to the United States.

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.

In a statement, the Girl Guides of Canada explain: "We know our members value the safe, inclusive and accepting space that Guiding provides. These values are reflected in all we do, including the Girl Guide travel experiences we offer girls and women. While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain.

"As such, Girl Guides of Canada will not be approving any new travel to the United States until further notice. This includes both trips that are over or under 72-hours and any travel that includes a connecting flight through an American airport."

It also notes that a nationally-sponsored trip to a summer camp in California 'has been changed to an alternative destination'.

"This was a very difficult decision to make. We hope that members will appreciate this reflects our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunities for all girls and women," the statement adds.

Speaking to CBC, the Girl Guides of Canada's national manager of marketing and communications Sarah Kiriliuk suggested the decision was a precautionary measure.

"We really wanted to make sure that no girl gets left behind," she said.

Donald Trump signed a new executive order last week, temporarily banning people from six Muslim majority countries from entering the US.

It was a response to the controversy and legal challenges that followed the rollout of the first order, and is due to come into effect from March 16th.

Iraq was dropped from the revised list, but it continues to cover people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. All refugees will be be barred for 120 days.

The revised ban made adjustments to other sections of the original order, including allowances for those who already have visas.

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.