No Such Thing As A Free Lunch... At The State House

Jan 27, 2017

NH Lawmaker Harold French helps himself to an international buffet in the statehouse basement.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

New Hampshire Lawmakers filed into the State House cafeteria Thursday for some free international food. Like it or not, their meal came with a side of conversation -- about how immigrants benefit New Hampshire.

It came the same week President Trump ordered a halt to all refugees and visas from a handful of nations.

At one table, a gray-haired volunteer worked to convince two Republican lawmakers that refugees and others are already adequately vetted. Their efforts to bridge the ideological divide were captivating.