Ryerson, Essex County schools cancel U.S. trips amid travel ban

By Hina Alam
Toronto Star | March 21, 2017

More schools have joined the growing list of organizations that have cancelled class trips to the U.S. amid travel restrictions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s government.

A school at Ryerson University and the Greater Essex County school board joined the Girl Guides who announced last week that they would be suspending their trips to the U.S.

Permanent residents of Canada who are citizens from one of six Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — can be denied entry to the U.S. under revised travel restrictions that went into effect last Thursday.

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While the National Council of Canadian Muslims has not put out an advisory against travelling to the U.S., it remains “deeply concerned” about reports that some Canadian Muslims are being arbitrarily barred from entering the United States based on the fact that they identify as Muslim, Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said in a statement.

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