A Tuesday night rally at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office to push U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) out of Sacramento had already been planned before the announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be in town the following day.
The announcement had immigration groups and their allies even more fired up.
"Although maybe not all of us are undocumented, it's really important for us to come and support because this is something that personally impacts all of our families," said Carmen Martinez, a student with Communities for a New California (CNC).
Students like Martinez have been working hard to reassure their peers who are undocumented.
"The hardest part has been trying to let people we know not to be afraid," said Martinez. "Especially having ICE present in Sacramento, many people I grew up with or my friends are panicking and hiding."
At Tuesday's rally, activists who spoke out against the Sheriff's department called for an end to its current contract with ICE.
"This contract houses anywhere between 160 to 170 individuals at any given time," explained Carlos Montes-Ponce with Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT). "It creates a revenue source of $6 to $7 million."
During the rally, the Trump administration announced they were suing California for its "sanctuary" status.
"For a lot of people, it's scary. It's a moment to realize that it's our time to rise up and speak out," said Martinez, in response to the announcements.
A Facebook event called "Jeff Sessions out of CA" asked for immigration supporters to show up at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning to stand in solidarity.