The coalition government finds itself in an embarrassing situation after the Pazia Daily News has revealed that changes to the asylum system are designed specifically to cut spending on the Home Affairs Department and turn away legitimate New Paristani refugees. Government ministers, particularly those from the officially pro-immigration Liberal Alliance, are furious that an unnamed People's Freedom Party official has acknowledged that New Paristani refugees are to be made "someone else's problem" under a system of legal fictions that will presume New Paristani asylum seekers to be liars.
Two senior Home Affairs Department civil servants have told the Pazia Daily News that the PFP, which has long been critical of the number of immigration and asylum claims, has engaged in illegal wiretapping to anticipate New Paristani asylum seekers' planned trips to PLS and prevent their arrival. Communications between the PLS National Party and a persecuted member of the New Partisani opposition were intercepted by a PFP spin doctor and leaked to the PLSBC. This leak led the New Paristani opposition member to go into hiding within New Paristan rather than arrive in PLS and go before an immigration tribunal with the truth about the New Paristani situation. A Liberal Alliance MP spoke on condition of anonymity said, "If the PFP was up to dirty tricks, we were certainly never told by them. Nearly everyone in our party hates the front bench's willingness to agree to asylum changes. We want the New Paristani opposition to arrive in Pazia and show why we need to admit more refugees."
The PLS National Party has refused to officially comment on reports that its headquarters had been in touch with the New Paristani opposition with a view to assisting in the lodging of asylum claims within PLS. However, a minor official from within the National Party told the Pazia Daily News, "The PFP is doing whatever it can to see no evil in New Paristan, even if it means letting someone die in New Paristan who could otherwise have made it to Pazia. This is what happens when you provide housing and welfare benefits for immigrants. The persecuted become a liability. If we were in power, we would allow any New Paristani in as long as they claimed nothing from the state."
The Pazia Daily News has spoken with a New Paristani who was recently smuggled into PLS and is now being advised by the PLS Civil Liberties Council about launching a constitutional challenge to the new asylum law. She told us, "Everyone in New Paristan knows you'll be rounded up if you criticise the aims of the current government. A neighbour of mine was beaten by the police when he was caught with a leaflet criticising Magritte and his stooges. When I commented to a friend that things were even worse than under LeClerc, she reported me. I was only able to escape arrest by fleeing my home and getting fake identity documents before leaving New Paristan. More people need to get the hell out of there before it's too late."