TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Hundreds of people gathered in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest DC Monday night to protest against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The event, which was organized by the group Sanctuary DMV and promoted on Facebook, began at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at 14th Street and Park Road before morphing into a march, Washington's Top News reported.

The march briefly shut down traffic in the area.

The protest was a response to reports that a number of immigrants in the US illegally were arrested in various parts of the District over several days last week, including Columbia Heights.

Sanctuary DMV’s Ben Beachy said about 15 people — maybe more — were picked up by ICE.