Most protesters were demonstrating against United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to Sacramento a day after it was announced his department was suing the state of California regarding its sanctuary status.
Protests started around 7:30 a.m. and by 7:45 a.m. protesters made their way onto J Street which was then shut down for the next two hours by the Sacramento Police Department as the gathering marched around the hotel to the main entrance of the Golden 1 Center.
"I'm disgusted that Jeff sessions came out here today," said local pastor Elizabeth Griswold.
Griswold, a pastor at Parkside Community Church, says she protested for the same reason she's a pastor -- to help out those who need it.
"I would hope that he could find it - [Sessions] and Trump -- and all of them -- might find a little bit of love in their hearts for people who are only struggling to put food on the table," Griswold explained.
The protesters and counter-protesters did clash at times but at no point did it turn into any type of physical violence only shouting matches.
As the rally slowed down around 9:30 a.m., a smaller group of protesters gathered again outside of the Sawyer Hotel, and Sessions supporter Eric Paradise stood firm across the street with a different mindset.
"We have a country where we pass laws. Where we vote for representatives and we except immigrants legally but what they want is illegal immigrants," Paradise said.
Sacramento police reopened J Street for traffic just before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
There were no arrests.