After quoting Emma Lazarus' "The New Colossus," the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, Martin explains on his Livejournal that "Lady Liberty and the words on her base represent the best of what this nation of immigrants is all about."
"One has to wonder if all the governors (including our own governor here in New Mexico, I am ashamed to say) and congressmen voting to keep out the Syrian refugees have ever visited the Statue, or read the words on her base. If so, they surely failed to understand them."
"Emma Lazarus had it right. Donald Trump and thirty-one governors have it wrong, wrong, wrong," Martin continued. "The Syrian refugees are as much victims of ISIS as the dead in France. Let them in. Santa Fe, at least, will welcome them."
One commenter wrote, "that a writer so good at teasing out the moral complexity of complicated situations in his books has such a simplistic view of a real world issue, where real lives are at steak. Surprised and disappointed."
Martin responded, "Real lives are at stake. The lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees driven from their homes by war. Many of them women and children. That's the whole point. There's a moral imperative here."
The author continued to reply to many of the comments, defending his views and shutting down the haters.