"On June 27, 2005, Secretary of Homeland Security Chertoff and Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez met with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Ottawa, Canada, and released a Report to Leaders with initial results and proposed initiatives for the future under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America. On July 3, 2005, in an important gubernatorial election in the populous state of Mexico, PRI candidate Enrique Pea won with 48% of the vote, while the PAN candidate received 25%, and the PRD candidate received 24%, although the losing parties claimed that PRI campaign expenses exceeded the legal limits. On July 29, 2005, U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza announced that the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo would be closed for a week to assess security conditions in the wake of continuing violence in the border city. On August 2, 2005, President Fox called for a strengthening of 'Operation Safe Mexico,' under which Mexican federal police and military forces have reinforced state forces in key border areas."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32724