JOHN LOK / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Truckers who keep Port humming are pushed to the brink as costs soar
Kidane Belay, a short-haul trucker from Ethiopia, voices his concern about fuel prices during a recent meeting in the Georgetown neighborhood near the Port of Seattle. About 1,800 of these drivers work in the Seattle area, and most are immigrants from east Africa, India and Russia who see the job as a step onto this country's economic ladder.