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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets supporters after addressing thousands of tea party activists at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House-backed immigration legislation is gaining momentum in the Senate, where lawmakers say they are closing in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars stiffening the bill’s border security requirements without delaying legalization for millions living in the country unlawfully.

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