If Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and others in the Republican Party want to reward adults who broke the immigration laws with citizenship, they should have the guts to announce it as such.

And then go on an overseas apology tour to apologize to the millions if not tens of millions of people waiting patiently in Africa, Asia and South America who respected our immigration laws.

Have the guts to tell the law-abiders they were fools, that they should have just come here on a tourist visa and never left, or jumped the ship or border fence, because they would have been better off. They would have been able to establish lives and families here, and then not only had the threat of deportation removed but also been able to live here legally while waiting for citizenship.

But don’t tell me we have to do amnesty to help with electoral demographics. That’s a highly doubtful proposition to begin with, and is just fear masquerading as strategy and policy.

Bad policy almost always results in bad outcomes, and citizenship for adults who broke our immigration laws is bad policy, it rewards law-breakers and makes a mockery of law-abiders.

Yet that bad policy now is the super-duper Republican strategy:

The top Republican crafting the Senate’s sweeping immigration-reform legislation acknowledged Sunday the bill still has flaws, while a fellow GOP senator said their party blocking its passage will only add to their “demographic death spiral.” …

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also helped write the bipartisan immigration bill, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that conservatives trying to block the measure will doom the party and all but guarantee a Democrat will remain in the White House after the 2016 elections.

“After eight years of President Obama’s economic policies, and quite frankly foreign policy, people are going to be looking around,” he said. “But if we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016. We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community in my view is pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who we run.”

Oh, looky, Democrats agree:

A Democrat also involved in crafting the bill, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, went a step further by predicting on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “there’ll never be a road to the White House for the Republican Party” if immigration overhaul fails to pass.

What better proof do you need?

Maybe we should listen to this student, Cal State Student: If Rubio’s Immigration Bill is so Great, Why Does Obama Support It?