Skype Used to Process Illegal Aliens at U.S. Border

In what continues to be bad PR for Microsoft’s online communication service Skype, the service has been linked to the government again, this time to help process illegal aliens at the US/Mexican border.  Border Patrol agents have begun using online communication service Skype, to continue to process illegal aliens held in Texas detention centers.  Border Patrol sources told KFI Radio’s Steven Gregory that Murrieta agents can process up to 25 people per shift, depending on the amount of staff in the Texas facilities.

The American government is experiencing a crisis at the Mexican border where thousands of children are illegally pouring into the United States, often with the help of drug cartels. Leaked documents from Edward Snowden linked Skype to the NSA, as an easy way for the government agency to snoop on conversations through backdoors.

Source: Breitbart

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  • donzebe

    This is no bad News for Microsoft, it only show how great and extensively the product is being used. If the boarders security trusted the product enough to use it, then I too Will be comfortable using it.
    It will be great if all governmental and private organizations are using Microsoft products and services.

  • donzebe

    No bad PR, great product.

  • reKitab

    “Skype Used to Process Illegal Aliens at U.S. Border”. OK, sundays are usually a slow news day on wmpu..:)

  • hysonmb

    Explain why this is “bad PR”. The government is using Skype to save time and cost of travel to process illegal immigrants. This is great PR for MS as their technology is being used to save taxpayer money and expedite performance of a critical task. So, doing more while spending less is anything but bad.

  • hushv

    Define “process.”

  • Tirinti

    Microsoft should add functionality to Skype to legalize of illegal migrants that have Windows Phone. That way WP users from all around the world would became US Citizens and US would become country with hundreds of millions WP users.

  • bibleverse1

    Makes it sound like they are being put in some kind of Skype machine and turned into soylent green. I really dont count this as negative.

  • jack

    Yeah not quite sure how this is bad news, to add with skype’s new feature to do on the fly language translation that will further add to the efficiency of this already time consuming process.

  • jwright

    I hear they use tables, chairs, pens and paper, too.

  • Jeff Hung

    Is deporting illegal immigrants a bad thing? C’mon, it’s not like IBM’s punch card machines were used by Nazi to manage mass killings.
    And even if you politically argue that deporting illegal immigrants is wrong, it’s not like they wouldn’t able to do it without Skype; there’s something called telephone.

  • deathdealer351

    i dont see how this is bad news. If it improves efficiencies and processes the refugees faster then its a good thing for everyone.

  • CJ

    Great use of Microsofts products.

  • Dan

    How is this bad?
    Skype is a service available to every single person who can access is; Border patrol officers including,

    The fact that they use Skype to increase productivity is nothing short of praise worthy for Microsoft’s acquisition of the service.

  • Windows_Freak

    Um yeah I don’t see how this is bad PR either. I guess to have good PR as a software company you have to be anti-government and support total anarchy.

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