SAN JOSE -- A dozen peaceful protesters were arrested Saturday and cited for failure to disperse after they sat down in the intersection of Story and King roads as part of a national day of demonstrations against U.S. deportation policies.

Sgt. Heather Randol, a San Jose police spokeswoman, said the protesters had let the department know of their intent in advance, and an advisory was issued Friday warning motorists of potential delays at the East San Jose intersection on Saturday morning.

"We were prepared," Randol said. "The activists wanted to make their point, and we wanted to make sure that nobody would get hurt. It was all very peaceful. Nobody resisted, and there was no use of any kind of force."

Randol said the protesters were cited and released at the scene.

Immigration activists around the country were demanding that President Barack Obama halt deportations that split up immigrant families.

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