Canada's largest school board will end class trips to the U.S. due to Trump's travel restrictions

Canada’s largest school system will no longer plan trips to the U.S. over fears students will be unfairly stopped at the border because of their heritage or country of birth.

“We don’t want to put our students in a position where they are traveling to the U.S. with their friends and classmates and then be denied entry to the U.S. for no legitimate reason,” Ryan Bird, spokesman for the Toronto District School Board, said Friday. “Equity, inclusiveness, fairness are key principles for us as a school board.”

Although judges have temporarily blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, Bird said the board did not want to take the chance of it being put back into effect considering the months it takes to plan a school trip abroad.

The board said it will allow 25 trips involving 900 students to proceed as planned. However, Bird said if one student or staff member is denied entrance into the U.S. for no legitimate reason, then everyone on the trip will return to Toronto and the other planned trips will be canceled.

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