Canadian High School Class Cancels US Trip Over Trump

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"I don't think it's the right thing. because you don't choose which way you're born, and you don't choose your name," student Kazariah Davy said to CTV News.

A group of high school students in Quebec canceled an educational visit to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia because of President Donald Trump's immigration policy, CTV News reports.

The 11th graders at Westmount High School reevaluated the trip after Trump was inaugurated and subsequently implemented a highly disputed travel ban that specifically targeted Muslim-majority nations. At least three students in the class were at risk of being turned away at the American border.

As such, the entire 11th grade class decided to opt out.

Teacher Sabrina Jafralie is grateful the students were forced to face such a tough real-life issue. "Hopefully they can take it into their future life with them, the ability to question and critically think and dialogue," she said, also noting that several students were frightened by the prospect of not making it across the border.

And, indeed, the dilemma made the high schoolers reflect.

"Initially I was upset, but then I thought about it and questioned my ethics," said student Karlee Thomas. "Would I be okay to sleep at night if I went without those three people? But then I was like, no."

Instead, the class will visit Niagara Falls.

"Taking that picture in front of Niagara Falls — one of our biggest and most beautiful Canadian sites — will be fantastic for them," Jafralie said.

"Initially I was upset, but then I thought about it and questioned my ethics," said student Karlee Thomas. "Would I be okay to sleep at night if I went without those three people? But then I was like, no."

Instead, the class will visit Niagara Falls.

"Taking that picture in front of Niagara Falls — one of our biggest and most beautiful Canadian sites — will be fantastic for them," Jafralie said.

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