Toronto Says No More Student Trips to US During Travel Ban

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The city of Toronto says it will not approve student or staff trips to the United States while a travel ban ordered by President Trump is pending.

The travel ban was ordered on January 27 and revised March 6 by Trump on travelers from seven, now six Muslim-majority nations. The ban was suspended in federal court until March 29.

“No student or staff trips to the U.S. will be booked until further notice,” declared the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Friday in a statement.

Detroit-Windsor border

School trips already approved to the U.S. may continue, the board said, including 24 trips involving 800 students, such as 100 attending the DECA competition April 26-29 in Anaheim, California. DECA hosts student competitions in entrepreneurship, hospitality, marketing, finance and management to prepare for careers. 

The Toronto School District is Canada’s largest school district, serving around 246,000 students across its 600 schools throughout Toronto. Toronto is a one of Canada’s largest areas for immigrant communities.

The TDSB said it did not feel that all students would easily travel to the United States even with the proper immigration paperwork. Canadian student citizens who were born outside Canada might be barred from entry and left behind at the border. 

Girl Guides of Canada, an equivalent to Girl Scouts of the United States, also released a statement that bars travel to the United States. They cited their organization’s dedication to their values, specifically inclusiveness.

Earlier in March, Canadian nurses coming to the U.S. were turned away at the Windsor-Detroit border. Many “advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists no longer qualify for the working visas because of policy changes under U.S. President Donald Trump,” Canadian Broadcasting Company reported.  

Canadian nurses work in the U.S. under non-immigrant North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional (TN) visas. NAFTA professional visas allow citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S. or foreign employers when there is a lack of similarly skilled U.S. workers.

“There’s a huge demand for them in the Metro Detroit region, and there just aren’t enough people coming out of school to fill those positions,” said Marc Topoleski, immigration lawyer for the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, to CBC.

Until 2009, travel between the U.S. and Canada did not require a passport.

Corrected: An earlier version misstated the correct year when a passport was required to cross between Canada and the U.S. 

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Shadi Nasab

14 comments

  1. International students are a great source of revenue for the American universities. Also, foreigners are working in jobs that Americans don’t want (especially Mexicans). Do you really think the US doesn’t need foreigners John Hall? Think again.

  2. The Toronto School District can keep their students in Canada. Better yet they should asked these student go welcome the “refugees” now leaving America for Canada instead. This way they can show their compassion for diversity and learn from the refugees hands on “Islam. Jihad, Sharia, public lashing and cutting off heads etc.”.

    Who know these students might get to love the Muslim refugees and convert to Islam. They may even go help Jihadists and Radical Islamic Terrorist set up a Muslim Brotherhood and Caliphate in Canada.

    However, The Toronto School District Board better make sure these students are cautioned not to push any liberal agenda like LGBT lifestyle, transgender bathroom etc.

    The outcome might not end up good!

  3. So a person who is a student doesn’t know their nation of origin before the trip? What a joke. This is just a leftist political stunt by people who want a flood of illegals.

  4. Hello, my brother visited the Yellowstone National Park with his wife and kids and on his way back to Calgary, they were stopped at the border by U.S. Immigration and Customs, interrogated for several hours and finally released.
    I agree with the City of Toronto, is too risky to travel to the USA, even if you were born in Canada.

  5. The last statement in this piece saying that passports between Canada and the US were not required until 2016 is incorrect. That has been a requirement since the summer of 2009.

    1. Hi Rick, we stand corrected. Thank you for schooling us! 😉 This is from the travel.state.gov webpage:

      Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens.

      Children under 16 need only present proof of U.S. citizenship.

      Entry into the United States: When traveling by air from Canada, U.S. citizens are required by U.S. law to present a U.S. passport book. A few exceptions to this rule and a full list of documents that can be used at land and sea borders are provided on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.

  6. Colleges and universities are reporting fewer foreign student applications. Foreign students are a significant source of revenue for many institutions of higher learning. This is another example of how the travel ban, though halted, has not made America great.

    1. foreign students pay $$$$ for college; about time they learned to get by with American dollars and American students. If Detroit can’t find enough workers then they need to go to the jails and recruit

      1. There are plenty of college admission slots that are unfilled and the number will increase as foreign applications fall. Jails already offer education to those who want it and nearly all colleges recruit students. When foreign student revenue is lost, colleges will hire fewer instructors and admission slots will decrease.

      1. John those foreigners are serving our country , I m sure that a lot of them served this country more than you , I m an Immigrant , I ve served 4 years as a US Army interpreter putting my self and my family under threat 24/7 cause of my job , if you were in my situation , will you do the same ? from the way you think I would say NO

        1. Now your asking a reporter to be a reporter instead of a rumor repeater. You asking an awful lot of this younger generation of media personnel.

        2. @K.Zaki, here you go again. Being an immigrant is 180 degrees difference from being an “ILLEGAL” invader of our nation. When anyone sneaks across our border and begins living the American way of life, then they have committed a felony, and we do not need any foreign felons in our country. Can you not understand that theory. When you start your new life as a felon, please start in in Iran.

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