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An internal Border Patrol memo from last month pointed to a number of problems, including the inoculations the children require.

At the time the Defense Department, which was offering some of its facilities to house the children, had insisted the children wait seven days from inoculation before they could enter military bases. That was a problem because U.S. law requires Homeland Security to turn the children over to social workers within three days.

One Border Patrol agent this week told The Times that agents trained to patrol the border were instead doing “babysitting” guard duty.

That agent said some of the more extreme reports included having to separate teenaged boys and girls trying to engage in sex.

“The agents have to keep an eye on them also to make sure no shady happenings happen between the females and the males,” the agent said.