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Girl Guides of Canada Cancel US Trips Due to Travel Ban Fears

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Kate Kerchser smiles as she rides on the Girl Guides float in the Canada Day parade in the village of Komoka, West of London, Ontario, Canada. (AP PHOTO/CP,Dave Chidley)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 12:38 PM

Canada's equivalent of the Girl Scouts has cancelled all trips to the United States out of fear its members could be hassled at the border as a result of President Donald Trump's new travel restrictions.

In a statement, the Girl Guides of Canada organization said:

"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 U.S. 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. In respect of this decision, the nationally-sponsored trip this summer to a camp in California has been changed to an alternate 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 concern is that some girls could be detained at the border and not be allowed to travel into the U.S. with the rest of the group.

The decision came in the wake of Trump's executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

"Guiding provides a safe, all-girl environment that invites girls to challenge themselves, to find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world,'' the Girl Guides' website says.

"[The group] strives to ensure that girls and women from all walks of life, identities and lived experiences feel a sense of belonging and can fully participate."

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