The Toronto District School Board has announced that it will not be planning any more student trips to the US if President Trump’s travel restrictions take full effect. Apparently, they also can’t decide if this is a political statement or not.
Suggesting that travelling to the US and having students with appropriate documentation denied entry would impose stress and discomfort on the children, TDSB would rather stay at home than risk a “diversity argument”. TDSB chair, Robin Pilkey, said: “We’re committed as a school board to equity, inclusiveness and fairness, and it’s not appropriate that some students would not be able to attend based on their country of birth,”
According to the Daily Caller:
When asked if the board was attempting to make a political statement about its opposition to Trump and his temporary travel ban, Bird replied, “I think this is about the information that we have in front of us. I think it’s about the equity and inclusion angle.”
He then added, “I’m not naïve to say that it doesn’t make a statement, but the decision is not being made as a statement.”
The board’s concern is based entirely on an assumption that some students may be turned away at the border even if their documents are in order. Bird admits this assumption is based on anecdotal information.