‘Game of Thrones’ author says NM should accept Syria refugees

George R.R. Martin, the Santa Fe resident and author behind the massively popular book series that led to a hit HBO TV show, says that the United States should accept Syria refugees. In a post on his blog last week, Martin criticized those who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the state, including Gov. Susana Martinez. President Barack Obama has announced that the United States would accept 10,000 refugees from the war-torn country. Critics say that ISIS, which is one of the factions involved in the civil war in Syria, would be able to place terrorists among the refugees. The rhetoric against allowing Syrian refugees into the country grew after the terror attacks in France earlier this month.

George R.R. Martin talks about showing The Interview

It’s not uncommon for lawmakers to invite high profile guests to the New Mexico Legislature. In previous years guests have included an Albuquerque baseball mascot and a famous bounty hunter. On Wednesday, Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Mesilla Park, invited famed author and Santa Fe theater owner George R.R. Martin. Besides being the author of the popular A Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired the HBO show Game of Thrones , Martin also owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. Martin lives in Santa Fe.