Students at Arkansas High School in Texarkana had an opportunity Tuesday morning to meet with Arkansas U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R) who arrived at the school and met with students face-to- face. He offered to answer any questions they may have for him. Here are some of the questions the students asked, and his responses to them.

Q: What is it like working in the senate?

A: Exhausting. You get to meet a lot of new people, most of which are there for the right reasons, and some of which you don't always agree with, but it's a good job that affords you a lot of unique opportunities.

Q: How do you think the government should deal with racism in America?

A: It's definitely something we should talk about, and we shouldn't sugarcoat it, but we also need to keep from jumping to conclusions whenever there's a police shooting. However when it's found that an officer was in violation of the law, we should hold them accountable for it. I also think we need to encourage our police forces to strengthen their relationship with the communities they server.

Q: How did getting into politics change your outlook on our government?

A: You might find it hard to believe, but I think it actually made my outlook more positive, though it is still a good idea to have a healthy skepticism when it comes to politics.

Q: What's your opinion on allowing refugees from war-torn countries into America?

A: I have to ask myself, is it best for American citizens? Right now we have too many of our own citizens unable to find jobs. The last thing we need to do is make finding a job even more competitive. Another thing, is most Syrians would actually like to stay in Syria. They they only want one to leave their country, (because of) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the leader of ISIS).

At the end of the conference, the senator gave a final speech before allowing students to have their picture taken with him.