plugin development – How to filter users list on user_status field with get_users()

I simply want to get the list of users with get_users() but filtering on the field user_status=0 so the spam and unactivated users are removed from the list.

This does not work:

get_users( 'user_status=0&orderby=ID&order=desc&number=' . $limit );

This doesn’t work either:

$new_users = get_users( (
    'orderby'     => 'ID',
    'order'       => 'DESC',
    'user_status' => ( 0 ),
    'number'      => $limit
) );

Neither does this:

    $new_users = get_users( (
    'meta_key'     => 'user_status',
    'meta_value'   => '0',
    'meta_compare' => '=',
    'orderby'    => 'ID',
    'order'      => 'DESC',
    'number'     => $limit
) );

So… what would be the correct way to do this?