Three years ago, Khadija Aloush fled the fighting in Syria for Denmark, where she found anything but a warm welcome.
At the market or bus stops, people would step away from the 41-year-old hairstylist and her family to avoid them. If she smiled or waved at Danish children, their parents sometimes would snatch them back. Her family's apartment was ransacked twice. When offered a chance to settle in the United States three months ago, Aloush thought the nightmare would end.
Now living in Kansas City, Mo., Aloush and her 14-year-old daughter are afraid to wear their head scarves or go to the local mosque. In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks that...