Rep. Juan Vargas of San Diego at Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photo by Chris Stone

Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, announced Tuesday that he will join at least 15 other Democratic members of California’s congressional delegation in skipping President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

“I will not be attending the inauguration. Instead, I will be praying for our country and for our community with the people of my district,” Vargas said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

His heavily Hispanic congressional district covers parts of southern San Diego and Imperial counties along the international border. Trump made immigration and building a wall along the border a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.

According to reports, the two other Democrats in San Diego’s five-member congressional delegation, Susan Davis and Scott Peters, plan to attend the inauguration. All of the California House Republicans will attend.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and newly election Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, also plan to attend. The state’s other senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, is uncertain because she recently had a pacemaker installed.

—City News Service

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