Newly released data show that migrants were stopped 180,034 times along the U.S. southern border last month — nearly eight times the total during May 2020 and among the highest monthly totals in recent years.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Costa Rica today as the Biden administration continues pushing its plan to curb migration from the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — by addressing “root causes” and investing in the region.

U.S. authorities intercepted 180,034 migrants along the Mexico border in May, and a growing share have been arriving from nations outside Central America and Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data published Wednesday showing illegal crossing at a new 20-year high.

Before flying to Guatemala and Mexico on her first foreign trip, Vice President Kamala Harris faced questions over how she would approach her role as the face of President Biden’s plan to bolster the region and deter migration to the United States.

US border authorities have been deployed to assist Mexican immigration officials in spotting travelers arriving in Cancun, Mexico, with the intention of continuing to the US southern border, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials.

Republicans pounced after the vice president declined to say in a new interview when she will visit the the southern border.